4th of July Celebrations at The Calvin Coolidge Homestead ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission by The Vermont Standard


It looks like we are really into summer! Storms and showers are passing through, but the sunshine has been lovely and our gardens need some rain. I just plan indoor activities when those clouds roll in. I know I always have plenty of inside tasks that need my attention, although on nice days I struggle to deal with them…..

On the 4th of July, our Historic Site celebrates the birth of our nation as well as the birthday of our 30th president, Calvin Coolidge with several activities: The reading of the Declaration of Independence in the Union Christian Church at 9:00 a.m. The Naturalization Ceremony at 10 and at noon the “parade” with the Vermont National Guard to the Plymouth Notch Cemetery to lay the wreath from the White House. Coolidge family members will be in attendance. Then, the Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand to provide the BBQ.

Throughout the day enjoy the many activities: wagon rides, the Stringfield Springers old time string band, cheese sampling at the factory, children’s games on the Aldrich House lawn, and the Plymouth Historical Society’s “The Villages of Old Plymouth” exhibit. Don’t forget the championship round of the Coolidge Cup National Debate Tournament starting at 1:00 and Calvin Coolidge re-enactor, Tracy Messer, presenting “Recollections of 1919: The Boston Police Strike” at 3:00.

For more details about the Declaration of Independence reading, Naturalization Ceremony and Debate Tournament, contact the Coolidge Foundation at 802-672-3389.  Be sure to check out the award-winning permanent exhibition, More Than Two Words: The Life and Legacy of Calvin Coolidge at the Education Center, as well as this year’s temporary exhibit, Presidential Menagerie: The Coolidges and Their Pets.  More information can be obtained at 802-672-3773 or www.historicsites.vermont.gov

I understand that the Fire Dept has taken in a new member – welcome to Donnie Girard! Although the usual number of fires in town is small, investigating smoke alarms & assisting at accidents are other important functions. There is always a need for more members, so consider how you can help.

Windsor County Youth Services assists with our monthly Community Luncheons that are held in the space downstairs at Tyson Church and for July 18th, they will be helping to provide our BBQ with hot dogs and hamburgers. I already have a donation of pasta salad. Anyone interested in providing other salads and dessert, please let me know! Come get to know your neighbors and enjoy some time socializing – everyone is welcome!


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1 Response to 4th of July Celebrations at The Calvin Coolidge Homestead ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

  1. Steve Radonis says:

    Plymouth Volunteer Fire Dept. Also Welcomes Angela Kissel to the team she has recently and successfully completed Fire Fighter one training. Congrats !!

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