Thursday, June 29th, 2017
FIREWORKS, REENACTMENTS, MUSIC, HISTORY AND FREE ADMISSION TO THE NATIONAL PARK
For the fifth consecutive year, Morris County will have an authentic, patriotic 2017 Fourth of July celebration just the way the Founding Fathers might have imagined it, with the return of Revolutionary Times.
The schedule of events spans this Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4, a period during which Morristown National Historical Park will be open for free to the public in honor of their centennial and the July 4th holiday.
“This is a great opportunity to have a fun and meaningful celebration of our national Independence Day,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “There’s no better place to celebrate the history of the birth of our nation than right here in Morris County, which played a pivotal role in that history.’’
On Sunday, July 2, the Morristown National Historical Park will offer free concerts, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., at Washington’s Headquarters on the lawn behind the Ford Mansion (30 Washington Place, Morristown). The Old Barracks Fife and Drum Corps will perform. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for the concert. A rain location will be on-site in the Washington’s Headquarters Museum auditorium.
On Tuesday, July 4, the Hanover Township Landmark Commission offers a free tour of its 1718 Burying Yard located off of Route 10 East in Whippany. This one-hour tour will highlight people who first settled Morris County and are buried in the cemetery.
At noon on July 4, on the Morristown Green, costumed interpreters will read the Declaration of Independence, an annual Morris County tradition. Audience participation is encouraged. There will be music, a musket salute and free historical walking tours of the Presbyterian Church sanctuary (57 East Park Place, Morristown) and Colonial-era graveyard, est. 1733. In case of rain, the event will move indoors to the Presbyterian Church, 57 East Park Place, Morristown.
The Morristown National Historical Park will be open to the public for free from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will be able to view a special National Park centennial exhibit, as well as the museum and Ford Mansion at the Morristown unit of the park.
For more information, contact the Morris County Tourism Bureau at morristourism.org or call 973-631-5151 or read the Revolutionary Times Flyer.
Revolutionary Times 2017 is sponsored by Normandy Real Estate Partners, AAA Northeast, Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Skylands Magazine, the Artist Baker, the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, Nicky and Paige L’Hommedieu, and Jeanne and Joe Goryeb.
The Morris County Tourism Bureau is a destination marketing organization that positively affects the economy of Morris County by promoting the area’s exceptional historic, cultural and recreational opportunities by providing services to residents business travelers and tourists.