Independence Day Celebration
July 4 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
As essayist John Burroughs stated “That which distinguishes this day from all others is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges.” In the spirit of Burroughs’ quote, Pamplin Historical Park staff will offer multiple programs throughout the day, to include presentations of 1856 Independence Day campaign speeches and a ceremony with a cannon fire salute.
Families are invited to participate in 19th century games such as a sack race and 3-legged race among others to be held on the picturesque Tudor Hall lawn. A period baseball game will also be held at the Battlefield Center Field where guests are invited to join in the game.
All visitors will have the opportunity to join staff for tours of the Breakthrough Battlefield which on April 2, 1865, resulted in the evacuation of both Petersburg and Richmond.
Civil War programming will be joined by an American Revolutionary War living-history demonstration where historical comparisons will be made between the soldiers of both wars. Visitors will see that some inspirations remain the same as Ben Franklin observed in his quote, “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.”
All event activities and programs are included with regular daily paid admission.