An Old Fashioned Independence Day

Saturday, July 4th, 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Greta hugging SonaThe sounds, tastes, and smells of the Colonial era will converge at Clermont State Historic Site in Germantown this July 4th during its Old-Fashioned Independence Day Festival.  From 2 to 10 p.m., the site will host a lively, family-friendly festival.  First, from 2 to 6 p.m., the focus will be on hands-on experiences with daily life of the 18th century.  Visitors will be able to sample all kinds of activities, from grueling laundry to polite tea parties, drilling and firing demonstrations by Revolutionary War reenactors, as well as a chance to meet George Washington on his horse!  Afterward, from 7 to 10 p.m., the grounds will be rockin’ with oldies hits, as played by The Greyhounds, until the evening is capped off with a beautiful view of the Saugerties fireworks over the Hudson River.  Hot food will be available for sale from the Germantown Veterans of Foreign Wars, Sweet Central Express, and Enjoy-a-Ball (serving meatballs of all kinds, including gluten free and vegan).  Free hayrides are available from 2 to 4 p.m.  It’s a full day of activities for only $10 per vehicle.  Visit Clermont State Historic Site’s Facebook page for a complete schedule of activities.


In honor of Clermont’s important Revolutionary War history, Clermont staff and volunteers will be dressed in historic costume while they demonstrate the skills and chores of 18th century life.  The mansion will be open for free self-guided tours, from 2 to 6 p.m.  Children’s contests start at 4:45 and will include a three-legged race, cherry pit spitting, and Grinning for Cheese.  Live period music will be in the air throughout the afternoon, with performances by story teller and musician Tom Hanford and period music by Salmagundi Consort.

This event is made possible in part by generous donations from Stewart’s Shops of New York and the Natural Heritage Trust.

For more information, please call Kjirsten at (518) 537-4240.