Tanner House Independence Day Celebration

Join us at the historic Tanner House Museum as we celebrate Independence Day as we put on an old-fashioned picnic complete with music, magic, a petting zoo, games, house tours, a blueberry-pie-eating contest, and at 1:00 pm, the Ringing of the Bells, first instituted by President Kennedy in the 1960s. Immediately after the bell ringing, which is done by the children present, the Aurora American Legion Band will strike up a patriotic concert. You might want to bring a chair. The picnic is free to attend. The menu includes nominally-priced hot dogs, chips, old-fashioned sodas, and Oberwise ice cream.

Hourly Schedule

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tanner House Tours
Built in 1857, this Italianate-style house was the home to prominent merchant William Tanner and his family. The family-owned the home until 1936 when it was donated to the Aurora Historical Society. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The house features high ceilings, oak grained woodwork, ornate plaster decoration, and antique furnishings.
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Petting Zoo
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Music by Bradley Green
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Andy Head The Wild Wacky Juggler
1:00 PM - 1:05 PM
Ringing of the Bells
1:05 PM - 1:40 PM
Aurora American Legion Band Concert
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Blueberry Pie Eating Contest

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