Let Freedom Ring Ceremony-This annual July 4 event will take place this year at the New Castle Presbyterian Church, 25 E. 2nd St., New Castle. Each year over 100,000 Americans participate all over the country. The guest speaker will be Syl Woodford, who will speak on Black Loyalists and Patriots of the American Revolution. . Everyone is requested to be in the church by 1:25 p.m. 18th C. garb is encouraged, and patriotic music will reign. Church bells will ring at 2 p.m. and then 13 children, (last year's photo) representing the 13 colonies will ring a smaller bell donated by the Courthouse Museum. For more information email Kim Burdick.
Thursday, July 4, 2019 from 2-7 p.m. come to the Tubman Garret Riverfront Park for the City of Wilmington’s 4th of July Celebration. Tour the Kalmar Nyckel ship, take a trackless train ride, enjoy an old fashioned eastern shore crab feast and live music all afternoon! At 8 p.m., the Delaware Symphony Orchestra is back to this celebration after a long absence and will perform a rousing celebration of the Apollo 11 Moonwalk’s 15 anniversary and the ringing of the bells of remembrance in the 1812 overture finale. Then look up for dazzling fireworks by pyrotechnico!
Friday, July 5 at 11 a.m. join a history hike at Auburn Valley State Park and learn about the industrial and agricultural past of the area. You’ll also learn how the Trolley Trail got its name. Wear sturdy walking shoes for this hike. Parking will be at the Auburn Valley Trail parking lot on Farm Lane off of Benge Road. This program is free (with paid park entrance fee if you do not have a State Park Pass).
Saturday, July 6 is another First Saturday in the First State event. Most sites are open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Woodburn and the Kent County Courthouse. The Biggs Museum of American Art will have kids making patriotic crafts. The John Bell House on The Green will tell the story behind Delaware's motto, "Liberty and Independence." There are also tours of The Old State House, Legislative Hall, patriotic music at the Johnson Victrola Museum, and a 10:30 talk at the Archives with Jack Clemons on the teamwork that saved both the Apollo 12 and 13 missions. The Governor's House at Woodburn is open from 10-1, and the Kent County Courthouse (photo) at 38 The Green will be open from 1:30-4. Walking tours from the John Bell House at 43 The green will leave on the hour from 10-3.
On Saturday, July 13, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Hale-Byrnes House (606 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, Delaware 19713) the American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware will present a public program with Gene Pisasale speaking on "Meet the Founding Fathers: What They Thought About Government, Taxation and Individual Liberties". Well-behaved children always welcomed. $5 at the door includes coffee & dessert. Then on Sunday, July 14, the This Place Matters Series will present "Winterthur's Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden". (picture of folly). Speakers: Carol Long, Curator, Garden, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library and Rob McKeown, Cabinetmaker, Elk Creek Cabinetry. Co-sponsored by Cooch's Bridge DAR. $5 at the door includes coffee & dessert.
Monday, July 15 New Castle County preservationists, Preservation Delaware, County Council members Dee Durham, John Cartier and Dave Carter will meet for a second time to try and figure out how to prevent the demolitions and demolitions by neglect of historic structures in the County. The meeting will be held from 3-5 p.m. at the Blue Ball Barn in Alapocas Run State Park. Respond to Councilwoman Durham if you wish to attend. Our current Historic Review Board has proven ineffective with no legislated power to provide a course of action.
You are cordially invited to join the National Park Service and the Friends of Hopewell Furnace in Elverson PA for a reading of the Declaration of Independence filled with poetry and song. The celebration begins at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. The event is free and open to the public. Then, at 2 p.m. on July 14, Janet Johnson will discull the discovery and preservation of a WW1 Cheval-de-Frise. Come to the Hopewell Furnace Conference Center, Building 99, 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson PA 19520. The event is free and refreshments will be provided.
The Paoli Battlefield Preservation Trust will present a dinner and lecture, colonial music, and dancing on the terrace at the General Warren Inn, 9 Old Lancaster Rd. in Malvern. The date is July 23 from 6-8 p.m., cost is $30 per person. Reserve tickets here.
The Chester County Town Talks and Village Tours continue in July from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday evenings. July 11 is Lionville C. 1712: A Tricentenarian Story in the Lionville Historic District at the intersection of Routes 100 and 113. Parking at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 104 S. Village Ave. in Exton. July 18 will bring Regenerate, Reinvent, Recycle: The Village of Yellow Springs, C. 1722. Always popular, this tour reviews nearly 300 years of history from a Lenape site, a Rev War Hospital, Art School, and movie production location. Parking at 1685 Art School Rd., Chester Springs. Then, on July 25, Marshallton Village C. 1731: Drovers, Patriots, Artisans, & Farms will be the subject in West Bradford. Parking at the Marshallton United Methodist Church, 1282 W. Strasburg Rd., West Chester. You might also want to resserve a place on the August 1 bus tours of Doe Run Village in West Marlborough's King Ranch area, on the hour from 4-7 p.m. Call Kathleen at 610-383-5068 or email@example.com.