On the Fourth of July, celebrate the births of our nation and our 30th president in Plymouth Notch at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site.
“Calvin Coolidge preferred understated events, but the celebration of what would have been his 150th birthday, on the 246th birthday of our great nation, deserves some pomp and circumstance,” said Vermont State Historic Preservation Officer Laura V. Trieschmann. “On this special day we welcome everyone to explore and salute the life of President Coolidge in the place that formed who he would become as our 30th president.”
Calvin Coolidge is the only U.S. president born on Independence Day. On July 4, a day of festivities is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gather on the village green in front of the Cilley Store at noon, when a Vermont National Guard delegation will lead the walk to the Plymouth Notch Cemetery, where a birthday wreath from the White House will be placed at the president’s gravesite.
Afterwards enjoy Coolidge birthday cake, wave an American flag, listen to an old-time string band, explore the Notch, see cheesemaking in John Coolidge’s 1890 factory by Plymouth Artisan Cheese, and watch “The Coolidge Cup,” a national invitational speech and debate tournament sponsored by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. With limited food options, visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy the picnic tables.
I can only imagine Calvin Coolidge’s take on his State and his Country would be anything but silent. Sorry for the mess Cal – we pray one day soon it is cleaned up and made right again.
“ The collection of taxes which are not absolutely required, which do not beyond reasonable doubt contribute to the public welfare, is only a species of legalized larceny.“ – Calvin Coolidge