Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration

An Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration

On Thursday, July 4th, from 2pm until 6pm, the MARC (Museum and Archives of Rockingham County) will partner with the Town of Wentworth and Rockingham Community College to celebrate the 4th of July holiday at the Historic Village on the RCC campus. Admission is free. The Village, consisting of a tobacco factory, tobacco barn, corn crib and schoolhouse, is located on County Home Road in Wentworth behind the college campus.

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The first 500 visitors will receive an American flag and a rolled Declaration of Independence as souvenirs of the day. Free snow cones, cotton candy, and bottled water will be provided.

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The Farmer’s Market, local artisans, craftsmen, and food vendors will have items for purchase and county organizations will have information booths to peak your interest.

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There will be plenty of traditional games for the kids to enjoy like tug of war, sack races and three legged races, quoits and horseshoes. There will even be a modern bounce house that’s sure to please the younger set.

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A homemade ice cream contest will offer awards of $50 to $100 for winners chosen by event attendees. In addition, prizes will be awarded in pie-eating and hot-dog-eating contests.

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A variety of activities will take place on the event stage: local musicians will provide music, guest speakers will offer perspectives on the significance of the holiday, and at 2pm, citizens from throughout the county will recite the Declaration of Independence, followed by celebratory musket and cannon fire courtesy of visiting re-enactors, and a special guest’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

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Throughout the Village, historians and costumed interpreters will help you imagine 19th century life here in Rockingham County. Visit the Grassy Springs Schoolhouse, where a teacher of the period will conduct mock classes with materials of the era for the children to experience.

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County Historian Bob Carter is excited about the use of the Village for this event. “It’s a wonderful use of the Village site that hasn’t seen a lot of use since the days of the Folk Festival. I’m glad to see events like this taking place here…it’s a perfect use of the Village.” Wentworth Town Administrator Brenda Ward noted that “The Town Council is very excited about Wentworth’s first July 4th celebration. We hope that everyone will come out and have a blast, because it is a wonderful opportunity for families who are feeling the economic pinch to enjoy a good time at basically no expense.” MARC Executive Director Kim Proctor remarked, “We don’t have many chances to come together as a community to have fun and learn about our history. Can you imagine being in the crowd when we declared our independence? Here’s your opportunity to have a small taste of that experience.”

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Want to know more? Those interested in applying for a food vendor, non-profit display, or craft demonstration space may obtain an application beginning June 1st at Wright Tavern Historic Site across from the former County Courthouse and future Museum & Archives in Wentworth or at Wentworth Town Hall. Applications can be downloaded from the MARC website at www.themarconline.org. Non-profit organizations and crafts demonstrators (no sales) may participate at no cost. Craft and food vendors will be charged a $15 booth fee. The deadline to submit an application is June 15.

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