Glorious 4th

Come celebrate July 4th with the citizens of Prairietown!

July 2-4, 2022

Join the citizens of Prairietown as they celebrate 60 years of American independence, but also hear how many others have questioned this holiday.

Celebrating Glorious 4th at Prairietown


Throughout the week, there will be opportunities to help decorate the town with festive red, white, and blue bunting, and help the citizens of Prairietown rehearse speeches and toasts!

Daily Operations as normal with a patriotic twist. Tickets for Glorious Fourth are free with general admission!

  • Glorious Fourth Grove celebration: The traditional celebratory July Fourth event. Ceremony honoring veterans, presentation of new 25-star flag, reading of the Declaration of Independence, singing Star Spangled Banner and Hail Columbia.
  • Watch traveling actors perform Shakespeare auditions in Prairietown.
  • Dissenting Voices: Another View on the Fourth of July at 1863 Civil War Journey.
  • Enjoy a reenactment from the historic White River Guard Militia in Prairietown
  • At 1863 in Civil War Journey stop by the porter house to hear music of the Civil War era.

On July 4 ASL interpreters from Luna will be at different glorious fourth performances.


Glorious Fourth: Glorious for Whom? Daily Schedule

Music of the Civil War era

July 2 - 4 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Join us at the Porter House in Civil War Journey to celebrate the joy of music from that era.

Dissenting Voices

12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Throughout history, people have questioned how Americans could uphold the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as a beacon of hope to the world, while simultaneously enslaving millions, dispossessing Indigenous peoples of their native lands, and forbidding women from having full citizenship.

Dissenting Voices is a program designed to show the darker side of July 4th, and the ways people have questioned the American creeds. This year will feature a performance of two speeches from two outspoken critics of American hypocrisy: Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison.

In 1829, William Lloyd Garrison proclaimed “I am ashamed of my country” and its “unmeaning declamation in praise of liberty and equality.” Frederick Douglass asked in 1852 “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” Despite the declarations of freedom and equality of all in America’s founding documents, African Americans were “not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary.”

See section below to read the full speeches of William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass.

Located in Prairietown

2 p.m.

The traditional July 4th celebration that shows how a community in central Indiana would have celebrated in the mid-19th century. There will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a new flag will be presented to the schoolmaster with 25 stars for the admission of Arkansas, and a speech will be given celebrating 60 years of American independence.

Join us at the Prairietown crossroads for a taste of the past! Enjoy some muster cake and lemonade.

Read The Full Speeches from Dissenting Voices:

Learn more about the reason behind Fredrick Douglass's speech: Summer Celebrations: Freedom For All?