President Calvin Coolidge birthday celebration

PLYMOUTH, Vt. – Calvin 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. The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site and The Coolidge Foundation collaborate to host the birthday celebration July 3-4 at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 3780 Route 100A in Plymouth.

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Laying of the wreath on Coolidge’s grave by the Vermont National Guard. Photo provided by CoolidgeFoundation.org

On July 3, the Coolidge Cup National High School Debate Tournament continues from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. followed by the Coolidge Foundation annual meeting at Union Christian Church at 4 p.m. and the summer dinner at 6 p.m. The dinner speaker will be Roberto Salinas-Leon on “U.S. and Mexico Trade.” Dinner will be followed immediately by Coolidge Team Trivia. Tickets for dinner can be purchased at www.coolidgefoundation.org/coolidge-summer-dinner. Fireworks are open to the public, free admission, and take place at dusk.

On July 4, there will be a number of special events including a public reading of the Declaration of Independence at 9 a.m., an official naturalization ceremony at 10 a.m., the final rounds of the Coolidge Cup National High School Debate Tournament at 11 a.m., and the annual procession and wreath laying ceremony at the Coolidge graveside led by the Vermont National Guard at noon. Afternoon activities include Stringfield Springers old-time string band, barbecue, birthday cake, historic craft demonstrations, and wagon rides.

This year’s celebration has been designated a “Top 10 Summer Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The public can tour 12 buildings at the Coolidge site, which is owned and operated 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.

For further information about July 3 and 4 programs, or other special events, contact us at events@coolidgefoundation.org.

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