Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Billings Farm & Museum celebrates the Independence Day holiday with an Old Vermont 4th 

Wednesday, July 4, 10 a.m.—WOODSTOCK—Celebrate the Billings Farm & Museum’s Old Vermont 4th on Wednesday, July 4, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., featuring traditional music, flag-making, hand cranked ice cream, horse-drawn wagon rides, patriotic speeches, and an historic debate.

Throughout the day, families can make their own 43-star flags (the flag of 1890), Uncle Sam bookmarks, fireworks stencils, and compete in sack races, crank fresh strawberry ice cream, and enjoy a wagon ride.

Debates and speeches have played a key role in the Independence Day observance, as was the reading of the Declaration of Independence, which will occur at noon. At 1 p.m., there will be a men’s debate of the topic: “What is more beneficial to society, journalism or the law?” Adults and older students can test their 19th century vocabulary skills in a spirited spelling bee. At 2 p.m. there will be an historic baseball game in the Billings’ fields. Join in or cheer on the teams!

Admission includes all activities and programs, plus the operating dairy farm, farm life exhibits, and the restored and furnished 1890 Farm House.

Billings Farm is an operating Jersey dairy farm that continues a 147-year tradition of agricultural excellence and offers farm programs and historical exhibits that explore Vermont’s rural heritage and values. The Farm & Museum has served as a gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage for over 1.6 million visitors and over 100,000 of the region’s school children.

Admission: adults, $16; 62 and over, $14; children 5-15, $8; 3-4, $4; 2 and under, free. The Farm & Museum is located one-half mile north of the Woodstock village green on Vermont Route 12.  For information, call 802-457-2355 or visit

Photo courtesy BFM Staff
Children participate in a sack race during Billings Farm’s Old Vermont 4th celebration.

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