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Fourth of July

Coolidge is the only U.S. president born on Independence Day, and July 4 has been commemorated at his birthplace in Plymouth Notch for many decades. All activities take place at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site (3780 Route 100A, Plymouth, Vermont). This year’s celebration has been designated a “Top 10 Summer Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and features a number of special events including a public reading of the Declaration of Independence, an official naturalization ceremony, the final rounds of the Coolidge Cup National High School Debate Tournament, and the annual procession and wreath laying ceremony at the Coolidge graveside led by the Vermont National Guard.


  • 9:00 AM: Declaration of Independence Reading – Union Christian Church
  • 10:00 AM: Naturalization Ceremony – Under the Big Tent
  • 11:00 AM: Semifinal Debate Rounds of the Coolidge Cup – Union Christian Church & Great Room
  • 12:00 PM: Procession and Wreath Laying Ceremony on Coolidge Grave – Village Green
  • 1:00 PM: 2019 Coolidge Cup Championship Round – Under the Big Tent
  • 2:00 PM: Coolidge Cup Awards Ceremony & Luncheon – Under the Big Tent
  • 3:00 PM: Screening of “Recollections of 1919 and the Boston Police Strike” and Q&A with President Coolidge (as portrayed by Tracy Messer) – Union Christian Church

The Coolidge Foundation is proud to partner with the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site to host all of these exciting events. The State Historic Site has arranged a number of other ongoing activities throughout the Fourth including children’s games, wagon rides, barbecue, birthday cake, cheese making at the Plymouth Cheese Factory, and more!

The public can tour twelve buildings at the Coolidge Site which is owned and operated by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. A National Historic Landmark, Plymouth Notch is considered one of the best-preserved presidential sites in the country. At the Museum & Education Center, visitors can see the permanent exhibit, More Than Two Words: The Life and Legacy of Calvin Coolidge.

For further information about July 3 and 4 programs, or other special events, contact us at events@coolidgefoundation.org.