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Sagamore Hill Celebrates Independence Day 2012

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News Release Date: June 16, 2012

The National Park Service and the Friends of Sagamore Hill invite you to celebrate Independence Day at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Independence Day was an important holiday for Theodore Roosevelt. After speaking at the festivities in Oyster Bay, TR would gather his extended family and friends at Sagamore Hill for a day of patriotic celebration. This year's celebration will feature a variety of exciting programs beginning at 11:00am and ending at 4:00pm, all of which are FREE and open to the public. The Roosevelt Home will remain closed during the festivities due to extensive rehabilitation.

Come meet and talk with President Theodore Roosevelt, as portrayed by James Foote. Play a part in an interactive story about famous American heroes performed by storyteller Jonathan Kruk. Watch an equestrian demonstration by "Rough Rider" re-enactors. Learn about the connection between Presidents and National Parks during a ranger talk. Explore the grounds and beaches of Sagamore Hill on a guided nature walk. Join in old-fashioned children's games that the Roosevelt children enjoyed.

At 2:00pm the Sagamore Hill Band will perform under the direction of Steve Walker on Theodore Roosevelt's porch. The Sagamore Hill Band will present works by John Phillips Sousa, period campaign songs and popular music of the early twentieth century. Seating is on the front lawn, so please bring a blanket or a lawn chair.

From 11:00am to 4pm traditional American fare such as hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, soft drinks and ice cream will be available for purchase on site.

Did You Know?

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Theodore Roosevelt decided not to complete his studies at Columbia University’s School of Law once he was elected, at age 23, to the New York State Assembly in November 1881. At the time, he was the state’s youngest assemblyman and eager to join “the governing class.”