Observing July Fourth with pomp and parade
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A marching band is part of the Through the Ages parade at Old World Wisconsin on July Fourth. Re-enactors represent different decades at the museum in the village. Photo courtesy of Mike Morbeck.
EAGLE — Old World Wisconsin will host An Old World Fourth of July from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 4. It’s an old-fashioned event like those held in small towns in the 19th and early 20th centuries and will include music, games and a centerpiece Through the Ages parade that will wind around the 1870s Crossroads Village.
The band concert will be performed by the Harmony Cornet Band, which comes together only once a year to play at this event. Using historic instruments from the late 19th century, the band will perform throughout the day. Their repertoire will include “The Doxology,” which was played by the U.S. Marine Band at the dedication of the National Cemetery in Gettysburg just prior to President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19, 1863.
An Old World Fourth of July also will offer patriotic exercises and a lively debate. Visitors are welcome to participate in spirited competitions like races, egg tosses and tug o’ war, with winners pitted against the site’s oxen team.
Entrance fees include all-day tram transportation. Veterans with proof of service receive free admission to this event.
Old World Wisconsin is owned and operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. It is an outdoor museum of late 19th- and early 20th-century Midwestern immigrant farm and rural life, offering visitors engaging points of connection with the past.
If you go:
-- What: An Old World Fourth of July
-- When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 4
-- Where: Old World Wisconsin, W372 S9727 Wisconsin Highway 67, Eagle
-- Contact: (262) 594-6301, oldworldwisconsin.wisconsinhistory.org.
-- Tickets: Special July Fourth activities free with paid admission to the museum
For a link to other holiday events at communities around Walworth County, see http://bit.ly/M3B9SG.