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Free July 4th events at Sagamore Hill

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site is planning special events for the Fourth of July.

There will be  free activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at President Theodore Roosevelt’s home, sponsored by the National Park Service and Friends of Sagamore Hill.

Independence Day was an important holiday for Roosevelt who, after speaking at festivities in Oyster Bay, would gather his extended family and friends at Sagamore Hill for a patriotic celebration.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the first floor of Roosevelt’s mansion will be open free of charge and no tickets necessary.

Visitors will be able to meet with a Roosevelt re-enactor, as portrayed by James Foote, and play a part in an interactive story about famous American heroes performed by storyteller Jonathan Kruk.

There will also be an equestrian demonstration by Rough Rider re-enactors and an Obstacle Walk — one of Roosevelt’s favorite activities — where the only rule is that when you meet an obstacle along the way you must go under, over or through it but never around.

There will also be old-fashioned children’s games and crafts.

At 2 p.m., the Sagamore Hill Band will perform under the direction of Steve Walker.

Traditional American fare such as hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, soft drinks and ice cream will be available for sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit the National Park Service website or call 516-922-4788.

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