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Independence Day Celebration at Sagamore Hill

Rough Riders on San Juan

News Release Date: June 11, 2017

Sagamore Hill NHS invites you to bring your family and friends, dressed in your best patriotic attire, to join the day-long outdoor activities on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017, all of which are free and open to the public
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Attendees will see history come alive as Theodore Roosevelt performed by Joe Wiegand along with other family friendly activities offered from 11:00AM-4:00PM. At 2:00PM, the main program will begin with speeches and a performance from the Calliope Brass Band.  There will be an equestrian reenactment of the First United States Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, “The Rough Riders,” including a call for recruits where young volunteers will receive their enlistment papers. At 12:00PM, Author Kathleen Bart will deliver her childrens program “Tale of Two Teddies.”  Pony rides will be available throughout the day along with a petting farm in the historic pastures where the Roosevelt family kept their own livestock. Arts and crafts, as well as old-fashioned games like the Roosevelts played will be available. All the while you can enjoy the “Happiest Music on Earth” produced by the Long Island Band Organ, based on a 1919 Wurlitzer 105 Military Band Organ under the direction of Michael Falco. There will be vendors on site to offer American fare, including a lemonade and ice cream.

Sagamore Hill NHS will be fee-free during for Independence Day. Viewing Theodore Roosevelt’s home will be first floor only from 11:00am- 4:00pm. Guides will be posted in the home to provide an informative experience. Photography and video recording is not allowed inside the house. Bags, packs, and strollers will not be permitted in the historical home during the tours—please plan accordingly.

Due to high visitation anticipated on July 4th and the limited parking available on site, Sagamore Hill NHS will be implementing a satellite parking system on the day of the event. Remote parking will be at the East Woods School in Oyster Bay Cove. Regular free shuttles will provide service throughout the day starting at 10:30 a.m.
There will be no drop-off locations at Sagamore Hill, and no general entry into the site’s parking lot aside from handicap access. For visitors’ safety, pets will not be permitted on shuttles or on the grounds the day of the event with the exception of service animals.

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