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Glorious Fourth Independence Day Celebration

Photo of the Ohio Village Muffins as they march in the Grande Parade at the Glorious Fourth Independence Day Celebration, OHS photo. July 4, 2012
noon-5 p.m. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon of old-fashioned family activities to celebrate the nation's independence at this re-created 19th-century village, including a Grand Procession, patriotic speeches, Muffins base ball, a concert by the Ohio Village Singers and a community dance.

Photo of pie eating contest contestants, OHS photo. Hungry? Plan to enter our pie-eating contests, but be sure to save room for ice cream!

The day begins with a Grand Procession through the streets of the Ohio Village with the mayor, Civil War soldiers, vintage base ball players, the Ohio Village Singers, and village townspeople.  After the patriotic speeches that mark the conclusion of the Grand Procession, visitors can experience a variety of activities: an ice cream sampling (donated by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams); a vintage base ball game with the Ohio Village Muffins; a concert by the Ohio Village Singers, a concert by Dublin Cornet Band, a community dance, a pie-eating contest, puppet shows, storytelling, and horse and buggy rides. Vintage base ball collector, Tracy Martin’s exquisite baseball collection, showcasing 150 years of base ball history, will also be on display, and Civil War reenactors will be enlisting soldiers and doing drills with visitors throughout the day.

Susan Brouillette, public program manager for the Ohio Village has worked with the team of staff and volunteers to create a day full of old time favorite activities to delight the crowds. (Schedule listed below).

The General Store in the Village, featuring Ohio foods, candies and wines, as well as a wonderful collection of gifts and Independence-day themed articles, will be open during the event for shopping.

“Our Glorious Fourth celebration transports our visitors to another time period to experience the holiday like it was celebrated in the 1800s,” said Jane M. Mason, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Ohio Historical Society. “Ohio Village makes the perfect backdrop for this exciting day of festivities.”

Admission: $12/adult; $9/youth (6-12); $10/Ohio Historical Society adult member; $7/Ohio Historical Society youth member (6-12); and Free/child (age 5 and under). 800.686.6124. Guests should enter at the Ohio Village kiosk in the north parking lot. Please note: Summer Fun members do not qualify for the discount on Glorious fourth admission fees.

Schedule of Activities

Ice Cream Sampling
Freight Office & Pharmacy     Noon-4:00 pm
Ice Cream has always been a big part of summer celebrations, including July 4th. Enjoy samples from local ice cream vendors including Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.


Reels and Jigs
Village Green, 12:30, 2:30 and 4:00 pm
Dance away the afternoon learning reels and jigs that were popular during the mid 19th century. Rain location – American House Hotel.


Village Church, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 pm
Hear stories of yesteryear as told by members of The Storytellers of Central Ohio.


Patriotic Procession
Begins in front of School House at 1 pm
The Mayor, the Ohio Village Muffins, and honored guests will kick off our Glorious Fourth celebration with a procession through the streets of Ohio Village, Listen for the school bell as a signal to gather on the boardwalk and join in the procession.


Independence Day Ceremony
Town Hall, 1:05 pm
The Order of the day begins with orations, toasts, and patriotic songs. Join in our celebration by singing along or volunteering to provide toasts and read poems.


Concert by the Dublin Cornet Band
Gazebo, 1:30 and 3:00 pm
Enjoy patriotic tunes as performed by the Dublin Cornet Band


Ohio Village Muffins Base Ball Game
Base Ball Field, 2:00 pm.
Watch an old-fashioned game of base ball, as the Muffins play a club match according to the 19th-century rules.


Ohio Village Singers Independence Day Concert
Town Hall, 2:00 pm
The Ohio Village Singers are pleased to present popular songs of the 1860s suitable for this glorious occasion.


Pie-eating Contest pm
Village Green, 2:30 pm
Visitors of all ages are invited to participate in this fun and messy event! Prizes will be awarded to winners. Sign up in the Village Market House.


Punch and Judy Puppet Show
Town Hall 3:30 pm
Enjoy a period Punch and Judy Puppet show, adapted from a mid-19th century script.
Character behavior may not be appropriate for younger audience members.

Throughout the Day:
School Lessons – School House
Union Spy Code – Newspaper office
Cooking demonstrations & hand cranked Ice Cream – Farm House
Patriotic Calling Card – Female Seminary
Paper Hats & Ribbons – Toy Shop
Ladies Aid Society – Doctors Home
Enlisting for the Union – Fireside room
Fiddle and Guitar Music – throughout village
Civil War soldiers – drills/camp
British observer (Living History) - Lodging House
Blacksmith demonstration – near farm house
Base ball exhibit showing 150 years of Baseball History from the collection of Tracy Martin - American House Hotel
Horse and Buggy rides for a nominal fee
Refreshments available for purchase

*All outdoor activities dependent upon weather. First Aid and Lost children services at the Village gatehouse.

Photo of the Ohio Village Muffins game at the Glorious Fourth Independence Day Celebration, OHS photo.

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