Independence Day


Thursday, July 4, 2019

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!

Stop by the gift shop for handcrafted items, books, toys, home decor accents, and souvenirs!

Admission is FREE thanks to our generous sponsors:
Rotary Club of Tazewell, Crab Orchard Veterinary,
Hurst-Scott Funeral Homes of Tazewell,  & Pablo Carpio, MD

* Download the 2019 Independence Day Celebration press release here.


2019 Schedule

10:30                           Flag Raising  (Tazewell VFW Post 7136) & singing of the National Anthem
10:30 - 4:00              Museum, Cabins, Fort Witten & Frog Level Store Open with Demonstrations
11:00 - 12:00            Phil Bevins & Friends on Daniel-Murray Homestead porch
11:00 - 12:30             Kids' Craft Trail
12:00 - 1:00              Bluestone on Daniel-Murray Homestead porch
1:00 - 2:00                Phil Bevins & Friends on Daniel-Murray Homestead porch
1:00 - 2:30                 Kids’ Games  (under the Willow Tree)
2:00 - 3:00               Bluestone on Daniel-Murray Homestead porch
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) include pinwheels, tin punch stars, cartridge rolling, popsicle stick harmonicas, & face painting.

  • Costumed Demonstrations may include: blacksmithing, woodworking, woodcarving, weaving, quilting, archery, lucet & finger weaving, spinning, brick oven baking, chair caning, & more.