July 4 Jubilee

Every year, in honor of Independence Day, Morven Museum and Garden hosts a FREE event to celebrate our American heritage at the home-turned-museum of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Fun for the whole family! No registration required.



Live Bluegrass Music

Bring chairs and a blanket and enjoy music by The Back Door Band on Morven’s front porch

All American BBQ (food truck style!)

Refreshments by Oink & Moo BBQ, New Jersey’s premier BBQ food truck

Sign the Declaration of Independence

An opportunity for children of all ages to “sign” the Declaration of Independence

“Over Here, Molly Pitcher!” performed by Stacy Flora Roth

A dramatic presentation highlighting the lives of women who “belonged to the army” during the American Revolution. “Molly” reminisces about the days when she accompanied her husband through summer battles and winter encampments from Valley Forge to Monmouth to Morristown. Relating her tales of firing a cannon in the heat of battle to trudging “behind the baggage,” she provides a glimpse into what it was like to be a “camp follower” in the days when American Independence was a dream rather than a certainty.

Star-Spangled Fun with Arts Council of Princeton

Design and create your own flag using fabric and stamps with ACP artist Libby Ramage

“General George Washington: 13 Things You Should Know about Washington and 3 Things You Should Not”

Join “George Washington”, performed by William Agress, as he separates truth from tall tale in regards to his legacy

Meet & Greet with “Benjamin Franklin”, portrayed by David Emerson

Say hello and take a photo with Benjamin Franklin as he strolls the grounds of Morven

Inside Morven: Music of the Colonial & Early Federal Period

Performed, in period costume, by John Burkhalter of The Practitioners of Musick

Demonstrations of Early American Domestic Arts

Learn about and participate in various activities from early American domestic life including ice cream making, papermaking, music, gunsmithing and more!


Parking: Guests are invited to use the Princeton Theological Seminary or Monument Hall parking lots, or can park on the street. There will be no parking at Morven since so many children will be on the grounds.

Weather: This event is SHINE only (due to the outdoor activities, it will be cancelled if there is prolonged rain).


About Erica Chayes Wida

Erica Chayes Wida is a writer, mom, and complete zealot when it comes to poetry, paella and globe collections. After graduating with a degree in Anthropology from UCLA, Erica moved to Italy where the seasons and old architecture inspired her journey back to the East Coast. Since then, she and her husband have created a nest egg locally and, over time, developed a rather grand love affair with the town of Princeton. Erica is senior editor at The Princeton Sun and enjoys fulfilling her Princeton affections on a daily basis. | View all posts by Erica Chayes Wida