Happy Independence Day! (1850’s Style)

1850's Independence Day Celebration at LBL

We had such a great time visiting the Homeplace at LBL for their annual 1850’s Independence Day celebration.

I love this quote from John Adams about Independence Day:

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty; it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” -John Adams

And, that pretty much sums up what we did today.

Since hubby is gone on a mission trip to the other side of the state, the boys and I celebrated Independence Day without him.  We traveled with some friends to the festivities at an 1850’s Homeplace at Land Between the Lakes.  The celebration included lots of great, old-fashioned fun. I already can’t wait to go back next year, hopefully with my husband joining us.

The weather was absolutely perfect all day long!  The temperature was around 75-80 degrees all day, it was overcast and there was a great breeze. There was a threat of rain, and even a few sprinkles at one point, but it passed us by, and it was a beautiful day.

We got to walk through the old houses:


The festivities even included a visit from Henry Clay and Patrick Henry to deliver speeches.  Here is a photo of “Henry Clay.” His presentation was very interactive as he told his life story. Educational and fun at the same time.

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I have my own little Zaccheus who climbed a tree “to get a better view.”

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The day wouldn’t be complete without some watermelon!

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And homemade ice cream. Here is Logan churning up the ice cream.  Each child got to take a turn sloshing it around before they were served some.


Here he is enjoying the fruits of his labor ;)


There were lots of great games–washers, relays, town ball, marbles, sack races, and three-legged races.  My friend and I even participated in one of the 3-legged races.  We lost.  Caeden really loved the marbles. It was his favorite thing to do and he was so proud when he won a game…after trying many times. I love this child’s perseverance! 

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And, just for fun, my boys love to climb and jump. His arm is raised up because he’s being Buzz Lightyear… “To Infinity, and beyond.”

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And, Caeden.  This picture cracks me up because his face is so far ahead of the rest of his body that it looks like he would land right on his face, but he didn’t. He landed safely on his feet.

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What did you do to celebrate?


  1. Regina Rudd Merrick says

    I love Homeplace! And we saw the Henry Clay presenter a few weeks ago! He's great! I'm so glad you and the boys were able to experience this. What did we do? A family picnic in the "back forty" with my husband's whole family! We had a great time!

    • Crystal says

      Yes, it was great! A lot of people had rain yesterday so we were fortunate to have such beautiful weather. I love to sit outside with the rain though, especially if there is adequate shelter :)

  2. says

    We live in TN and I laugh that to go to my garden I floated in my canoe – but next year- oh I think next year we will take our boys there – I love it! That last photo is awesome – that spirit of Independence ingrained in us!

    • Crystal says

      Yes, in the Eastern part of KY, there was a ton of rain! We got some later in the week but the 4th was just cloudy. Thanks for sharing your perspective on that photo, it really made me think :) So true!

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