How to Have a Historic 4th

As a sequel to yesterday’s “History in the Twin Cities” post…

Looking to celebrate Independence Day by indulging your passion for history? Several historical sites in the Twin Cities metro area are holding special events all day on the Fourth:

Historic Fort Snelling (10am – 5pm) will present a wide array of activities, including parades, a reenactment of a battle from the War of 1812, cannon salutes, and a game of rounders (one of the antecedents of baseball). Click here to see photos and to get further information (including ticket prices and directions).

• Minneapolis’ Mill City Museum is offering a special ticket package: for $35 ($30 if you’re a member of the Minnesota Historical Society), you get free admission to the museum (normally $11; open 10am – 5pm), then join in the city’s “Red, White, and Boom” celebration on the riverfront, before returning to the museum and heading up to its observation floor for an unbeatable view of the night-ending fireworks display.

• For a change of pace, head up to Elk River and its historic Kelley Farm. Bring a lunch and picnic on the grounds, get a hands-on experience of an 1860s farm in action, and join in 19th century games (including townball, another precursor to baseball). Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and college students, $6 for children 6-17, and free for children under 5. Learn more about “Farmer’s Fourth of July” here.


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