It is all about the kids this Independence Day at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.
To help celebrate the holiday, the museum will discount its admission ticket for the entire day of July 4 and offer everyone the youth price of $15 (children ages 5 and under are free). The regular adult rate is $24.
Admission includes all special Independence Day activities as the museum transports visitors back to 1876. Highlights include the 27th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry re-enacting Civil War military exercises, an old-fashioned spelling bee, patriotic hat-making for children, an Independence Day parade at 1 p.m. with a special section for kids to participate, and a rousing 1876 Independence Day ceremony followed by a period concert featuring the Mystic Silver Coronet Band on the Museum’s village green.
In the afternoon, visitors can play croquet and other 19th-century lawn games with costumed residents of 1876 Mystic and watch live theatrical performances by the Mystic Seaport TaleMakers troupe.
Museum exhibits will be open and for an additional fee visitors are invited to take in a planetarium show, go for a cruise on the Mystic River, or rent a boat from the museum’s fleet of rowboats and small sailboats.
To close the day, the local Mystic rock band Barefoot Truth will perform an evening concert on the green. Mixing the sounds of folk, rock, jazz, and reggae, with lyrics full of “unbridled optimism,” the band has crafted a distinctive sound and has a loyal following in the area.
Barefoot Truth will play from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $15 per person ($10 for Mystic Seaport members) and are available online or at the gate.