BERRIEN SPRINGS — The History Center at Courthouse Square in Berrien Springs, 313 Cass St., in partnership with the Village of Berrien Springs and the Berrien Springs Community Library, invites the public to An Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration and Ice Cream Social from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4.
The event is being underwritten by the Starks Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services and the Heritage Chapel.
The day will include blacksmith demonstrations, log cabin living, speeches by local elected officials such as State Representative Brad Paquette and Senator Kim LaSata and others, and a concert by the Pipestone Irregulars on the Jailhouse Plaza.
There will be storytelling by Stanley Maxwell in the garden at the Berrien Springs Community Library, 215 W. Union St., hopscotch, crafts, and three-legged races for children also on the library grounds, a stump speech of Warren G. Harding (29th President of the U.S.) “Readjustment” portrayed by Scott Bradford from the Courthouse Balcony, and a free ice cream social. There will also be food vendors on the property.
A few picnic tables will be placed around the property at the History Center at Courthouse Square for people to sit and enjoy food purchased or you are welcome to bring your own picnic, as well as chairs and blankets. The event will wrap up at 3:30 p.m. with a history of the Old Rugged Cross church and hymn followed at 3:45 by adjournment to attend the parade at 4 p.m. Vendors, artisans, and the museum buildings will remain open until 5 p.m.
Parking for those attending the event is available at Sylvester and Mars Elementary Schools, located on Sylvester Avenue in Berrien Springs.