Independence Day Celebration

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Free Admission!

Mark your calendars for the Museum’s oldest annual event in celebration of our nation’s independence!  This fun-filled, family-oriented event includes live music performances, old fashioned kids’ games, grown-up “Mountain Games”, a kids’ craft trail, a colonial reenactment, costumed demonstrations in the Pioneer Park, and great food vendors!  This annual summer celebration is not to be missed!

* The museum will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on July 4th.  Stop by the gift shop for handcrafted items, books, toys, home decor accents, and souvenirs!

* Download the 2016 HCOM Independence Day Celebration press release here.

2016 schedule

10:00 – 10:15                        Flag Raising  (Tazewell VFW) & singing of the National Anthem
10:15 – 11:00                         Colonial Militia Muster
11:00 – 12:00                        Tower Street String Band
11:00 – 12:30                         Kids’ Craft Trail
12:00 – 1:00                          Bluestone
1:00 – 2:00                            Tower Street String Band
1:00 – 2:30                             Kids’ Games  (under the Willow Tree)
2:00 – 3:00                            Bluestone
3:00 – 3:30                             Colonial Reenactment
4:00                                         Event Conclusion

Sack Race


Kids’ Games may include: a watermelon seed spitting contest, sack race, three-legged race, corncob darts, bubblegum-blowing contest, back-to-back race, ice cream eating contest, & more.
Adults’ Mountain Games may include: a crosscut saw contest, wheelbarrow race, whiskey (lemonade) run, & more.
Kids’ Craft Trail (make-and-take crafts) may include: pinwheels, arrowhead necklaces, cattail canoes, button buzz saws, & more.
Costumed Demonstrations may include: blacksmithing, woodworking, woodcarving, weaving, basketweaving, archery, spinning, brick oven baking, apple butter making, & more.