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Ice Cream-making, Parades and Storytelling Planned for Van Cortlandt Manor Independence Day Bash

June 23, 2008

Participating in old-fashioned ice-cream making, listening to a spirited reading of the Declaration of Independence, marching in a grand parade, and drilling and mustering with military re-enactors are some of the activities visitors can take part in at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson on Independence Day, Friday, July 4th.

Van Cortlandt Manor Fourth of July
A grand parade is the centerpiece of Fourth of July festivities at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson. —photo by Tom O’Connell

Van Cortlandt Manor, a living history museum that is part of the Historic Hudson Valley network, will be dressed up in its finest patriotic regalia to celebrate the nation’s founding—while journeying back to 1808. The event take place from 10-5 p.m.—and tickets are available online at

At Van Cortlandt Manor, the day’s centerpiece is a vast parade starting at 2 p.m. in front of the manor house. The parade will traverse the entire site and end with a special ceremony, singing, dancing, and games. Children can carry banners and all are invited to march. “Marching in the parade is a great way to demonstrate your patriotic spirit,” said Althea Corey, site director at Van Cortlandt Manor.

From 10-2:30, a military re-enactment group will set up camp and invite one and all to drill and muster. Visitors can help with camp activities such as fire starting with flint and steel. Storyteller Jonathan Kruk will be telling patriotic tales, and visitors will be encouraged to dance to 18th-century fiddle music.

Additionally, a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence are a feature during the day.

Admission to Van Cortlandt Manor is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors; $6 for children 5-17; and free for children under age 5 and HHV members. Tours of the sites’ houses are included in the price of admission. Van Cortlandt Manor is at 525 South Riverside Avenue in Croton-on-Hudson, just off Route 9A. For information, please call 914-631-8200 or visit online.


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