Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration
Park: Wilder Ranch SP
Travel back in time at Wilder Ranch State Park to experience an Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration! Festivities will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. At 11:45 meet at the apple orchard in front of the Highway 1 tunnel and join in the parade. Bring a musical instrument or noisemaker, dress in early 1900s costume, or pull a decorated wagon. Parade walks through the complex to front lawn for flag raising, speeches, and patriotic music. Try the cake walk, historic lawn games, draft horse wagon rides, crafts, and listen to live old time music. There will be food and drink for sale; ice cream cones, strawberry shortcake, dill pickles, watermelon, root beer and hand squeezed lemon aide, or bring your own picnic lunch. Bratwurst USA and Lilys Roasted Corn will be selling food at family prices. Bank will exchange your 2014 dollars into early 1900s tokens. Wilder Ranch docents will be demonstrating living history as early 1900s dairy-ranch workers, including blacksmithing, a Pelton water wheel operated machine shop, hand cranked ice cream making and vegetable gardening. There will be docent led tours through the historic Meder house (Old Farm House) and the Victorian home. Musicians include the Society Orchestra playing patriotic music, and the 5Ms performing early-day 1900s songs.
Wilder Ranch State Park is located 2 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. The event is free; parking is $10.00 per car. For more event information, call (831) 426-0505.
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