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Morven Museum to host annual Fourth of July festival


Morven Museum & Garden is set to host its annual Fourth of July Jubilee from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at 55 Stockton St., Princeton, N.J.

This year’s focus is Civic Season, a national program of activities connecting Juneteenth and July 4th to better understand the past and shape the future. The free community event includes family-friendly interactive activities and crafts inspired by history, civics, and service themes.

Attendees are invited to enjoy tours of Morven’s gardens; live music with Vintage Vibe Tribe; Oink & Moo BBQ, The Empanada Guy, and Kona Ice food trucks; face painting with Maya B. the Facepaint Fairy, and a unique opportunity to “sign” the Declaration of Independence.

In 1783, Morven hosted Congressional delegates, marking Independence Day. Now more than 241 years later, the museum continues this tradition, utilizing its role as the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence (and New Jersey’s first Governor’s mansion) to engage the public in activities that explore history and what it means to be an engaged citizen.

Community partner organizations include the Historical Society of Princeton, Paul Robeson House of Princeton, People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos, Princeton Academy of Art, Princeton Public Library, Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, YWCA Princeton, Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society.

Half-price tickets will be available for the museum. The current exhibition, “Morven Revealed: Untold Stories from New Jersey’s Most Historic Home,” explores the lesser-known stories of Morven and its residents. The museum’s second-floor galleries take a thematic look at subjects recognizable to many American families: childhood, hosting guests, pets, fashion, and more.

This is a good weather event only. If rain is forecast, visit for event updates.

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