Celebrate community, independence, and the 56th anniversary of Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center’s opening day on Monday, July 4th from 1 to 3 p.m.!
In addition to July 4’s national significance as Independence Day, the day holds a spot of honor in KTM&HC’s own history: on July 4th, 1966, the museum opened its doors to the public for the first time, kicking off a decades-long commitment to preserving and sharing our site’s history with the widest audiences possible. KTM&HC’s annual July 4th festivities have long been a fun and patriotic Ridgefield tradition, and after a two-year hiatus, the museum is thrilled to be welcoming visitors to this special event once again.
Visitors will find lots to do on our beautiful four-acre site, and admission is free! Explore the historic tavern museum on your own – experienced interpreters will be stationed throughout the building to answer questions. Check out our new exhibit in the Gilbert Wing of the museum and enjoy family activities in the historic carriage barn. Listen to live music on the tented terrace: progressive bluegrass by the always popular Angry O’Haras! Kids can pick up a sitewide scavenger hunt from our Visitor Center and participate in games and crafts on the front lawn, designed especially for younger visitors. And no one should miss the dunk tank, where visitors get a shot at dunking a costumed “King George III.” Cool off with a delicious snack: free watermelon slices for all and ice cream available for purchase.
At 2 p.m., KTM&HC will join organizations and individuals throughout Ridgefield, the state, and the nation in a coordinated bell ringing: “Let Freedom Ring” is a long-standing tradition where groups ring bells 13 times at 2 p.m. on the Fourth of July to celebrate our country’s freedom and independence. Following the bell ringing, there will be a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, a reminder of the words and the promise that shaped our county.