Keeler Tavern Museum to host Watermelon Fest on July 4

Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center (KTM&HC) will host its third annual 4th of July Watermelon Fest from 12 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4th.

The celebration will feature a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Mark Blandford (pictured, right) and the ceremonial slicing of a watermelon by sabre. Guests will also enjoy free Museum tours, free watermelon, colonial lawn games, and live music by the Angry O’Hara's. Burgers and hot dogs will be available for purchase from Zawack Shack.

Back by popular demand, is a dunk tank where visitors can take their shot at dunking King George III (enlistment in the Continental Army not required). The dunk tank is sponsored by Montanari Fuel.

Free tours will also be offered of the soon-to-open Visitor Center located in the brick building at 152 Main Street. In addition to the Museum's offices and archival collections, the Visitor Center will be the main entrance to KTM&HC, with admission, orientation, tours, refreshments, and restrooms. In the main lobby, visitors will be able to see renderings of the plans for transforming the campus and will be invited to participate in The Cannonball Challenge, which aims to raise a total of $50,000 from the general public by year-end.  All gifts up to $50,000 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar by a generous local philanthropist, for a total of $100,000. Gifts of any amount are welcome. Full details about the capital campaign, the Cannonball Challenge, and how to make a donation can be found at All proceeds from the Watermelon Fest will benefit the Cannonball Challenge.

Admission to the fest is free. Limited on-site parking. For more information, visit Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center is located at 132 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.