Travel back in time at Wilder Ranch State Park on Thursday, July 4, to experience an Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration! At 11:45 meet at the apple orchard in front of the Highway 1 tunnel and join in the parade. Bring a musical instrument or noisemaker, dress in early 1900s costume, or pull a decorated wagon. Parade walks through the complex to the front lawn for a flag rising, speeches, and patriotic music. Listen to live old time music and try the cakewalk, historic lawn games, draft horse wagon rides, and crafts. Bring your own picnic lunch or partake in the food and drink for sale; ice cream cones, strawberry shortcake, dill pickles, watermelon, root beer and hand squeezed lemon aide. Bratwurst USA and Lilys Roasted Corn will be selling food at family prices. The Bank will exchange your 2015 dollars into early 1900s tokens. Step back in time to an early 1900s dairy ranch with living history demonstrations including; blacksmithing, Pelton water wheel operated machine shop, hand-cranked ice cream making and vegetable gardening. Docent led tours will be held through the historic Meder house (Old Farm House) and the Victorian home. Musicians will include the Society Orchestra playing patriotic music, and the 5Mâ€™s will perform popular early 1900s songs. Wilder Ranch State Park is located 2 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. The event is free; parking is $10 per car. For more event information, call (831) 426-0505.
Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.