Fourth of July Bell-Ringing Ceremony

Thu, July 4, 2019, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Meet on our front steps to hear the story of America’s independence, the Korbel bell, proclamations and flag ceremony. Then everyone rings the bell at 11 a.m.
While the bell ringing is a nationwide event, in Petaluma the tradition was begun in 1962 by Helen Putnam, who invited the neighbors over to ring the bell at her home on the corner of B and Fair Streets. She served lemonade and cookies. After her death the bell was donated by her son to the Petaluma Museum, who continue the Fourth of July tradition, including the lemonade and cookies after the Ceremony in the Garden Court.

Petaluma Historical Library & Museum

20 Fourth Street

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