Join CBS 42 at American Village for the Independence Day 1776 celebration

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MONTEVALLO, Ala. (WIAT) — The Fourth of July is here and Montevallo’s American Village is hosting a celebration that invites you to step back in time!

American Village is inviting you to Independence Day 1776, sponsored by CBS 42. The day features red, white and blue family fun for all ages! Activities kick off at 11:30 a.m. and continue through the night with the annual fireworks show.

You’ll find several short programs around American Village, including a few new offerings. At 11:30, step into the Assembly Room and watch Thomas Jefferson prepare to write a declaration or muster with the Continental Army at its encampment. New this year, you can spend a few moments with Alexander Hamilton in the courthouse or hear from Thomas Paine in the Assembly Room. 

From noon to 1 p.m., you can meet the Franklins! You’ll have the chance to hang out with Ben Franklin and CBS 42 anchor Art Franklin. You can also see and hear a 16-member Drum Corp, dance with your sweetheart to Ain’t Misbehavin’, or attend the Colonial Evening Prayer at 5 p.m. 

Other special programs include The Battle at Concord Bridge at 1:30 and 3:30, Phillis Wheatly: A Poet’s Journey all day, and Lucy Knox: A Soldier’s Wife. 

There are also plenty of hands-on children’s activities including: Sidewalk Art for Independence, Selfies with Uncle Sam, Giant Jenga, History Hopscotch, and even sign the Declaration of Independence. 

Stick around for the Main Stage Evening Program where you’ll hear Thomas Jefferson read the Declaration of Independence at 7:30 p.m.. The Montevallo Community Band will present a Patriotic Musical Prelude at 7:45. Storm Team Meteorologist Ashley Gann and CBS 42 reporter Jack Royer will serve as Masters of Ceremony at 8 p.m. You’ll be treated to an Invocation, Presentation of the Colors and more ahead of a fireworks show to celebrate America’s 242nd birthday!

Gates open at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4th. Admission is five dollars. Veterans, active military, and children ages 4 and under are free. For more information about Independence Day 1776 at American Village, click here. You can also find more information on the American Village website here or on Facebook.

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CBS 42’s coverage of the Independence Day 1776 at American Village is part of the Pepsi Southern Original Series. 

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