The rousing traditions that, early on, turned July 4 into America’s greatest national holiday, still flourish in this year’s grand celebration of Independence Day at Genesee Country Village & Museum.
Pomp, music and merriment are all part of the day’s July 4 festivities, highlighted by the swearing in of new American citizens on the steps of the Town Hall. You won't want to miss this memorable moment as nearly 50 people from countries all over the world swear their allegience to the flag. Ceremony begins at 11am.
Throughout the day, see how Americans celebrated July Fourth over the years with visits to Independence Day in different settings around the historical village.
The 50th Anniversary of our nation will be celebrated at the Land Office at 11:30AM. In the afternoon, following the grand entrance of bands, villagers, and the town's dignitaries escorted via horse-drawn carriage, will be the 1876 ceremony done in period Victorian style.
Throughout the day, join in many family-fun activities like the egg toss, sack races, and pea-shooter contest. Visit with the farm animals including the museum's brand new baby lambs!
Hear a musicial concert by the Geneseo Cornet Band. Sign up for the pie-eating contest - an annual tradtion at the museum - or cheer on the contestants as they eat their way through warm apple pie! Contest begins at 3pm at the Livingston-Backus House.
Admission Rates for Indpendence Day are:
Photography Credit: Bob Howland & Ruby Foote
Except for special programming, GCVM is now closed for the season and will reopen in May 2014.