Saturday, July 2; Sunday, July 3

Times: Coggeshall Farm Museum is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Cost: Included with standard daytime admission ($10 for adults, $5 for youth ages 4-17) or with Coggeshall Farm Museum membership or Old Sturbridge Village membership

It’s Bristol’s biggest weekend of the year! Explore early American Independence Day celebrations and participate in some historic games and competitions like sack races, tug of war, corn hole, trundling hoops, and graces. Competitions will be judged and contestants will have the chance to win a variety of prizes! After the games, listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence, learn about the origins of our flag, and hear why President George Washington was so popular among early Americans.

Catch us in Bristol’s 4th of July Parade! Please note that Coggeshall Farm Museum will be CLOSED on July 4, 2022. Independence celebrations run on July 2nd and 3rd. 


Click here to purchase tickets for Saturday, July 2, 2022

Click here to purchase tickets for Sunday, July 3, 2022

Schedule (Subject to Change)

Guests can explore the farm at their own pace and many activities will be happening throughout the day. We will also have several timed activities including:

Games and Competitions | 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Let your competitive side shine! Join the Coggeshall historians in a series of races, games, sports, and challenges and compete to win prizes. Games include hoop races, foot races, egg and spoon races, yoke relays, water balloon tosses, wheelbarrow races, sack races, tug of war, and Jacob’s Ladder Competitions.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence | 1:00 pm

A reading of the Declaration of Independence was a popular activity in the early celebrations of our nation

Washington: The Man, the Myth, the Legend | 2:00 pm 

George Washington is and was a larger-than-life figure in American History. One of our costumed historians will explore his history and importance in our culture, as well as the impacts he made.

Weekend Craft

Make your own flag and flag magnet! What does our flag mean to us? Explore the symbols on our flag and make a flag that is uniquely your own. We also have flag magnets you can craft!

Kite flying | 11:00 am

In Early America, most people associate kite flying with Benjamin Franklin’s infamous electric experiment. Coggeshall historians and guests will make historic kites and then send them soaring all month long!

Story Times:

11:00 am Our Flag was Still There: the true story of Mary Pickersgill by Jessie Hartland

3:00 pm: Dear Mr Washington by Lynn Cullen