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Independence Day Celebration at Mill Hill Historic Park
July 4 @ 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Celebrate Independence Day at Mill Hill Historic Park
Date: Monday, July 4, 2022
Time: 1:30pm – 2:45pm
Location: Mill Hill Historic Park – 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk, CT. Limited parking onsite. Follow blue signs to additional parking
Join the Norwalk Historical Society for our first in person Independence Day celebration in two years!
At 1:30pm, the annual “Let Freedom Ring” Bell Ringing Ceremony will begin. The Town House bell will toll 13 times to commemorate the founding of the original 13 colonies. Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling will take part in the ceremony and selected sections of the Declaration of Independence will be read by Norwalk’s Town Clerk, Rick McQuaid. The National Anthem will be performed by BMHS alumni, Bill King.
Immediately following will be the illustrated slide lecture, “Connecticut During the American Revolution”, by Norwalk Historical Society board member and Norwalk Historical Commissioner, Eric Chandler.
Our award-winning exhibition, “Norwalk’s Changing Communities: 13,000 BC – 1835”, will be on view.
About “Connecticut in the American Revolution”: Despite being one of the smaller states, Connecticut played an extraordinarily large role in the American War for Independence. Connecticut government, people, industry and inventiveness helped pave the way to a remarkable victory against the superpower of the 18th Century. This presentation reviews the importance of Connecticut and those whose actions proved significant during the eight years of conflict. So, grab your cocked hat and buckled shoes, your quill pen and paper for a visit to Connecticut’s Revolutionary past.
Guest presenter, Eric Chandler, is retired from a 30+ year career as an underwriter for a leading land title insurance company. He has been involved in American Revolutionary War Living History since 1974. He has portrayed infantry, light infantry, whale-boat raider, and mounted and dismounted dragoons. He is currently serving his third term as a member of the Norwalk Historical Commission and sits on the Norwalk Historical Society Board of Directors. His artistic endeavors included writing and recording a comedy CD, and decades as a musician playing Saxes in area Rock & Roll and Blues bands. To his credit, or shame, he had his likeness used in an issue of MAD Magazine. Eric is enjoying retirement with his wife Catherine, taking classes, giving lectures on historical topics and continuing to live history.