Keeler In The Community

Free Museum Open House and Fun Activities for All Ages at Our July 4th Celebration

June 26, 2024

Ridgefield, Conn.— Celebrate community, independence, and the 58th anniversary of Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center’s opening day on Thursday, July 4th from 1 to 3 p.m.! This annual event is a fun and patriotic Ridgefield tradition, with activities for the whole family.

July 4th holds a spot of honor in the nation’s history . . . and in KTM&HC’s own site-specific history! On July 4, 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. As recognition for the deeply appreciated community support that has sustained KTM&HC since that day, the museum opens its doors annually for an Independence-themed event each Fourth of July.

Visitors will find lots to do on our beautiful four-acre site. Admission for the July 4th Celebration is free, thanks to generous sponsor Montanari Fuel! Discover the historic tavern museum at your own pace – experienced interpreters will be stationed throughout the building to answer questions.  Enjoy family activities in the historic carriage barn and listen to live music on the tented terrace: progressive bluegrass by the Angry O’Haras. Check out a 1956 vintage firetruck that served the town of Ridgefield when it was new; owner Gavin Donnelly, a longtime Ridgefield resident and KTM&HC member, will be on-hand to answer questions! Kids can pick up a sitewide scavenger hunt 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 “King George III.” Our Museum Shop will have a special tent featuring patriotic merchandise for all ages and tastes. Learn about the many benefits of becoming a KTM&HC member at our membership tent. Finally, cool off with a delicious slice of free watermelon.

The July 4th Celebration will conclude with a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, a somber reminder of the words and the promise that shaped our county.

No registration required – admission is free for all. The July 4th Celebration is weather dependent and there is no rain date. Check our website and social media for weather-related updates leading up to the event. We will post the day before if we need to cancel.