The Fourth of July at Ferry Farm
Friday: July 4, 10:00 a.m. â?? 5:00 p.m
The George Washington Foundation invites visitors to celebrate Independence Day at George Washington’s boyhood home and honor our country with this year’s theme: “Home Sweet Homeâ?.
A patriotic flag retirement and replacement ceremony â?? a July Fourth tradition at Ferry Farm â?? is planned for 1:30 p.m. Participants include members of The American Legion, ROTC, Boy Scouts of America, American Heritage Girls, and government officials representing Stafford County, the City of Fredericksburg, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Throughout the day, guests may enjoy archaeology at the Washington farm site as well as educational programs and dramatic performances, Colonial and Civil War re-enactors, the Ferry Farm demonstration garden, Tell Your Stafford Story oral histories, visiting with members of the Patawomeck Tribe, a variety of childrenâ??s games and activities, face painting, a hay bale maze, and in general, fun for the whole family.
Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite patriotic hat and participate in a contestâ??noon under the Grand Marquee tent!
Special at this yearâ??s event, and in partnership with Stafford County in its 350th anniversary year, the Foundation is excited to welcome home the Countyâ??s own national recording artist, Mark Newton, with his musical partner Steve Thomas, for an afternoon performance of bluegrass musicâ??3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.! View Newton and Thomas’ latest hit, “Old McDonald Sold the Farm” on YouTube. Come early with your instrument and join others in the pickin’ tent, open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Media partners B101.5 and NewsTalk 1230 will broadcast live from Ferry Farm the morning of event, with interviews on TownTalk with Ted Schubel from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Exhibitors will highlight this yearâ??s theme, â??Home Sweet Homeâ? and the traditional trade skills and crafts required to construct and live in the 1740s Washington house at Ferry Farm, such as bricklaying, Windsor chair joinery, producing yarn from fibers, and weaving clothâ??with demonstrations by the Fredericksburg Spinners and Weavers Guild.
Admission: $1 per person; 2 and under free.
Free parking at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 21 Cool Springs Road (download map) with shuttle service to Ferry Farmâ??ride a trolley to/from Eagles Lodge or the July Fourth Heritage Festival â?? at Caroline and Charlotte Streets â?? in downtown Fredericksburg. Parking at Ferry Farm for handicapped visitors only.
Food vendors will be available. Pleaseâ??no pets, coolers, or alcohol.
A special thank you to the Foundation’s sponsors for The Fourth of July at Ferry Farm: Dominion Resources, Splitsville, Stafford County Tourism, and WBQB and WFVA.
Ferry Farm is located at 268 King’s Highway, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22405.
Please visit www.ferryfarm.org for more information about The Fourth of July at Ferry Farm and both National Historic Landmark sites, George Washington’s Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore.