Celebrate Independence Day at the Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site

Celebrating America's independence at the Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. Photo provided
Celebrating America’s independence at the Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. Photo provided

PLYMOUTH, Vt. – The Coolidge Foundation is pleased to announce that Saturday, July 3 fireworks will light up the Plymouth Notch sky once again as part of a two-day celebration of American independence and the birth of our 30th president, Calvin Coolidge. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and are free to the public.

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. This year’s celebration will feature a number of special events including 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. We hope you will choose to celebrate this holiday with Coolidge.


  • Procession and wreath laying ceremony on Coolidge grave on the Village Green, 12 p.m.
  • Semifinal Debate Rounds of the Coolidge Cup, 1 p.m.
  • Calvin Coolidge Challenge Recognition, Declamation Winner Announcement and Luncheon under the big tent, 2 p.m.
  • Coolidge Cup Awards Ceremony under the big tent, 4 p.m.

The public can tour 12 buildings at the Coolidge Site, which is managed 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.”

President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site is located at 3780 Route 100A, Plymouth Notch, Vt. For further information about July 3 and 4 programs, contact John Ferrell at officeadmin@coolidgefoundation.org.

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