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Genesee Country Village & Museum to host annual Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday, July 4

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This Tuesday, July 4, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., the Genesee Country Village & Museum welcomes visitors to kick off the summer season with the living history museum’s annual Independence Day Celebration.

With a 19th-century-style parade, a moving Naturalization Ceremony, musical performances, pie eating contest, and more – there’s no better place to celebrate the birth of our nation. Thanks to support from Monroe County, all kids 12 and under will receive free admission. This event is sponsored by M&T Bank. Tickets are on sale now at

Music, Food, and Festivities

Visitors to the Independence Day Celebration will enjoy live musical performances, historic games on the Village Square, special food and drink offerings in the Depot Restaurant, and more. Crowd favorites include the 19th-century-style parade that makes its way around the Historic Village, pie eating contest, tug-of-war competition, and so much more. Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear a recitation of “The Declaration of Independence” and “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” by David Shakes of the North Star Players.

Naturalization Ceremony

Returning this year is the Naturalization Ceremony, during which visitors will celebrate along with individuals from a number of countries all over the world as they are sworn in as new American citizens by the Honorable Judge Mark W. Pedersen in the unique setting of the Museum’s Historic Village. The Naturalization Ceremony will begin on the Village Square at 11 a.m.

Historical Happenings in the Village

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the 19th-century Historic Village, where costumed historical interpreters will be demonstrating traditional trades, cooking over open hearths, tending to farm animals, and more. Walk through beautifully maintained heirloom gardens, explore historic homes from around the Great Rochester area, chat with knowledgeable interpreters, or relax and take in the view.

Purchase tickets online in advance and save

Tickets for Independence Day are currently available online at and purchasing tickets in advance is recommended to get the early bird discount. Independence Day tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for seniors (62+), $20 for students (13 – 18), and youth (12 and under) are free. free. Visitors are encouraged to buy tickets online and save – there will be a small additional fee for tickets purchased at the door. Museum Members can attend Independence Day for free. Click here to learn more about becoming a GCV&M Member.

Tickets and more information about upcoming events can be found online at


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