Enjoy an old fashioned Independence Day at Sauder Village


As in years past, there will be a naturalization ceremony at the Village Green, weather permitting, for 44 people to become American citizens. For those people, July 4 will mean so much more.

During a special Naturalization Ceremony at Sauder Village on July 4, guests will have the opportunity to celebrate as 44 people become new U.S. citizens on the nation’s birthday. With other activities planned throughout the weekend including special music, old-fashioned games and even cricket demonstrations on Saturday; Sauder Village is the place to be this year to create special memories while celebrating the Fourth of July Holiday.

The U.S. District Court Naturalization Ceremony will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Village Green, weather permitting. Forty-four people from 22 countries will take the oath of American citizenship during this special ceremony at Sauder Village. The Naturalization Ceremony will include special music, the colors carried by the Fulton County Honor Guard and remarks by the Honorable Jeffrey J. Helmick. The Boy Scouts from Troop 63 in Archbold will do the Pledge of Allegiance during this special ceremony.

“We are pleased to have the Naturalization Ceremony at Sauder Village again this year,” shared Kim Krieger, PR/Media Relations. “This is a special opportunity for our guests to watch as people become new citizens of the United States of America on our nation’s birthday. For people who have never attended a Naturalization Ceremony, it is sure to be a very inspiring event.”

New this year, Tom Melville will be at Sauder Village on Saturday to teach guests how to play cricket. An American cricket player, teacher and author, Melville will be travelling from Wisconsin to share his love of cricket with Sauder Village guests. Cricket was brought to America by British immigrants and continued to be played here for many years.

In fact, the beginning of what we know as baseball developed in New York City before the Civil War and many early baseball players were originally cricket players. The fundamentals of both games are similar – with the goal being to knock two wooden rounds, called bales, off three poles, called wickets, and get the batter out. Throughout the day guests will have an opportunity to learn about the game and even get involved in this fun outdoor sport.

Many other special activities are planned for the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July weekend at Sauder Village. Parents, grandparents and children can spend time together making homemade ice-cream and playing old-fashioned games. Special memories will be made as family and friends play with wooden toys and try their luck at rolling hoops, Game of Graces and other traditional yard games.

Patriotic songs will be played on the reed organ in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and guests will be encouraged to join in singing the patriotic songs that are part of the history and heritage of this area. Guests can also help with special activities in the historic homes.

To add to the festivities of this special day, the Village Strings will play on the Village Green. These musicians from Southeastern Michigan play Celtic, Irish, Scottish and folk music on hammered dulcimers, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonica, whistle, marimbula, spoons, tambourine and washboard. The group has been performing traditional music together since 2008. They play a delightful mix of old-fashioned dance tunes that help keep tradition alive and guests may want to grab a partner and dance along!

To celebrate this special holiday guests can also enjoy a special “Holiday Brunch” at the Barn Restaurant featuring made-to-order omelets, biscuits and gravy, home fries, chocolate fountain, pastries and many other specialties. The Fourth of July Brunch will be served on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Other upcoming Sauder Village events include the Fiddle Contest & Summer on the Farm on July 11, Explore the Crafts on July 18 and a Vintage Base Ball Tournament on July 25.

As part of the Blue Star Museum program, Sauder Village continues to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day weekend. The Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense. Please visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseusms for more information about this program.