The Norwalk Historical Society is celebrating the 4th of July this year at the historic Mill Hill Historic Park on 2 East Wall Street from, noon to 4 p.m. The day will begin with local historian Madeleine Eckert who will present a lecture on “Searching for Norwalk’s Black Patriots”. This exciting slide lecture utilizes a number of source documents to weave a visual narrative of Norwalk’s fascinating 18th-century Black history.
Beginning at 1 p.m. visitors are invited to visit an authentic Revolutionary War Encampment and “Let Freedom Ring” Bell ringing ceremony.
Learn about the life of soldiers during the American Revolution. Reenactors from the Sable Soldiers of the American Revolution will bring to life soldiers from theMarbleheaders and the 1st Rhode Island Regiment of Foot.
They will create a historical encampment filled with Revolutionary War artifacts and props. Telling the stories of the impact these soldiers made on the Revolution, as well as tales of important historical figures will be woven into demonstrations of military drills, weapons of the period, and an interactive live firing of a cannon.
At 1:30 pm. join the Norwalk Historical Society and the nation, as we toll the Town House bell 13 times to commemorate the founding of the original 13 colonies. Selected sections of the Declaration of Independence will be read by Norwalk’s Town Clerk, Rick McQuaid. Mayor Harry Rilling, Senator Bob Duff , as well as other local dignitaries, will take part in this wonderful patriotic ceremony!