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July 4, 2018
Mill Hill Historic Park
2 East Wall Street
Revolutionary War Encampment and “Let Freedom Ring” Bell Ringing Ceremony
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
The Norwalk Historical Society will host a very special “Independence Day at Mill Hill Historic Park” which will feature an encampment by Revolutionary War reenactors representing the Marbleheaders and the 1st Rhode Island Regiment of Foot. The day will also include the annual “Let Freedom Ring” Bell Ringing Ceremony. “Independence Day at Mill Hill Historic Park”, which is FREE and open to the public, takes place on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St. Norwalk, CT. Handicapped and limited mobility parking on site only. For general parking, follow parking signs to lot across the street.
From 1:00pm – 4:00pm, learn about the life of a soldier during the American Revolution. Reenactors from the Sable Soldiers of the American Revolution will bring to life soldiers from the Marbleheaders and the 1st Rhode Island Regiment of Foot and will create an historical encampment filled with Revolutionary War artifacts and props. Stories of the impact these soldiers made on the Revolution as well as tales of important historical figures will be woven into demonstrations of military drills, weapons of the period, and an interactive live firing of a cannon.
At 1:30pm, the Marbleheaders and 1st Rhode Island Regiment of Foot will gather in the Town House with the community for the annual “Let Freedom Ring” Bell Ringing Ceremony. The Town House bell will toll 13 times to commemorate the founding of the original 13 colonies. Selected sections of the Declaration of Independence will be read by Norwalk’s Town Clerk, Rick McQuaid. Senator Bob Duff, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling as well as other local dignitaries will take part in this wonderful patriotic ceremony!
About the Sable Soldiers of the American Revolution
Portraying the Historical Regiments of African Heritage in America's Wars of Independence- American War Revolution -1776, and the The War of 1812-1815- featuring 1st Rhode Island Regiment, The Black Mariners of Col. Glovers Marbleheaders, Les Chasseures Voluntaire, Blackjacks of the War of 1812
About The Norwalk Historical Society
The Norwalk Historical Society was incorporated in 1899 with the purpose of promoting and encouraging historical research in Norwalk. That vision is kept alive today with the continued focus on “the research, preservation, and promotion of interest in the history of Norwalk.”
Image Credit: Sable Soldiers of the American Revolution
Image Caption: Marbleheaders get ready to fire the cannon at a Revolutionary War encampment. Meet these reenactors at the Norwalk Historical Society’s “Independence Day at Mill Hill Historic Park” on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 1pm – 4pm. This free event will include encampment, storytelling, military drills and weapon demonstrations by the Sable Soldiers of the American Revolution. The Let Freedom Ring Bell Ringing Ceremony will also take place at 1:30pm followed by refreshments.
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