Independence Day


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Free Admission!

Mark your calendars for the Museum’s oldest annual event in celebration of our nation’s independence.  This fun-filled, family-oriented event includes live music performances, old fashioned kids’ games, a kids’ craft trail, a colonial reenactment, costumed demonstrations in the Pioneer Park, and great food vendors.  This annual summer celebration is not to be missed!

The museum will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on July 4th.  
Stop by the gift shop for handcrafted items, books, toys, home decor accents, and souvenirs!

* Download the 2016 HCOM Independence Day Celebration press release here.


2017 Schedule

10:00 – 10:15                       Flag Raising  (Tazewell VFW) & singing of the National Anthem
11:00                                     Fort Maiden Spring Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Fort Witten Program
11:00 – 12:00                      Tower Street String Band
11:00 – 12:30                       Kids’ Craft Trail
12:00 – 1:00                        Bluestone
1:00 – 2:00                          Tower Street String Band
1:00 – 2:30                           Kids’ Games  (under the Willow Tree)
2:00 – 3:00                          Bluestone
3:00 – 3:30                           Colonial Reenactment
4:00                                       Event Conclusion



  • Kids’ Games may include: a watermelon seed spitting contest, sack race, three-legged race, corncob darts, bubblegum-blowing contest, back-to-back race, ice cream eating contest, & more.
  • Kids’ Craft Trail (make-and-take crafts) may include: pinwheels, arrowhead necklaces, cattail canoes, button buzz saws, & more.
  • Costumed Demonstrations may include: blacksmithing, woodworking, woodcarving, weaving, basketweaving, archery, spinning, brick oven baking, apple butter making, & more.