Conner Prairie preserves Indianapolis history in perhaps the most unique way possible. This Indianapolis museum helps Hoosiers learn what it was like to be an early American. Thus, it is fitting that Conner Prairie Living History Museum would plan a spectacular Fourth of July celebration all weekend long. Conner Prairie presents The Glorious Fourth and teams up with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for a Star Spangled Symphony. Don’t miss the authentic excitement of early Fourth of July celebrations replicated by this unique Indianapolis attraction.
Conner Prairie’s Glorious Fourth
July 2 to July 4, 2010, Conner Prairie turns into one giant celebration of The Glorious Fourth. This special Indianapolis event is FREE with general admission to the museum, and FREE for active military personnel and up to five immediate family members. This Indianapolis event is jam packed with entertainment for the whole family. Ongoing Conner Prairie experiences add to a comprehensive list of special activities for guests to this museum.
In the museum theatre meet the real life 19th century “Lady Liberty,” who will lead patrons in rousing patriotic songs as she facilitates the recreation of moments from America’s past. Then watch as the White River Guard performs militia drills. Patrons are invited to enlist and march with the 1836 style militia. Learn drill commands and put them into practice as you participate in a tactical drill demonstration. As you mingle with militia members, learn about camp living, see how their food is prepared and help ready weapons for battle.
In addition, Conner Prairie has programed a number of games and activities for families. Hop around for the sack race. Try your hand at croquet or a hoop and stick game. Sign your own “John Hancock” to the Declaration of Independence or make a card for a soldier currently overseas. Plus patriotic face painting will be happening all day, a perfect way for you to show your pride! Also, help Prairietown decorate for the holiday.
Take a taste of the past as you try Mrs. Zimmerman’s famous Muster cake. Watch as she makes this gingerbread cookie for her son and his fellow soldier of the White River Guard. With your belly full of delicious sweet treats, kick up your heels for a 19th century style barn dance. Long time caller George Wiseman will lead participants in a this country style dancing. Take the time to salute the veterans with Sergeant Hastings, who will lead the crowd in honoring our country’s heroes. And how can you resist a peek into the cabinet of curiosities that Professor Elliot brings in his traveling museum?
End the day with fireworks and a Star Spangled Symphony from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
ISO’s Star Spangled Symphony
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra continues its Marsh Symphony on the Prairie Series at Conner Prairie with a special Fourth of July “Star Spangled Symphony.” Complete with fireworks, patriotic music and an Abraham Lincoln re-enactor, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra offers the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day. Conductor Alfred Savia lead the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in the 1812 Overture by Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky.
Originally composed to commemorate Russia’s defense of Moscow against Napoleon in 1812, this patriotic overture has been adopted by many Americans as a celebration of the United States and the British in the War of 1812. The overture’s grand bombastic ending is conducive to our Fourth of July celebrations, and was first secured as a work the nations patriotic cannon by the Boston Pops in 1974. The music pairs nicely with traditional fireworks displays of Summer.
The Star Spangled Symphony is not included in price of admission to Conner Prairie. Tickets to this Indianapolis music event cost and additional $26.00 for adults and $10.00 for Indianapolis kids age two to twelve. Celebrate the Fourth of July in grand style at Conner Prairie all weekend long.
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Conner Prairie’s Glorious Fourth
July 2 and 3, 2010, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
July 4, 2010, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Star Spangled Symphony
July 2 to 4, 2010 at 8:00 pm
13400 Allisonville Rd
Fishers, IN 46038
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