Old Fashioned 4th Of July

The Westport South Beach Historical Society’s perennially popular Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration will be held on the grounds of the Westport Maritime Museum Tuesday the 4th of July. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access to the grounds is free.

An old-fashioned family celebration, it’s complete with children’s games for prizes, food, a plant and bake sale, vendors, a cakewalk, live music, raffle and a silent auction.

The U.S. Coast Guard and local military fraternities and sororities open the event with the posting of the colors and the National Anthem at 11 a.m.

The raffle drawings for great prizes that includes a  Westport Winery Gift basket this year. Raffle tickets are $2 each. The raffle drawing will be held at 4 p.m. in McCausland Hall Raffle. You need not be present to win. Be sure that your phone number is on your ticket for contact if you can’t be present for the drawing.

Museum open

While you’re on the grounds, be sure to tour the Maritime Museum where you can explore several rooms on two floors in the former Cape Cod-style Coast Guard Station that depict early life on the South Beach, including the early days of community living, fishing, lumbering and cranberry farming.

Lighthouse lens building

The Destruction Island Lens Building also will be open, providing visitors an opportunity to examine a first order Fresnel lens up close and rotating. The museum and lens building will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on July 4.

Museum admission, which includes entry into the Destruction Island Lens Building, is $5 for adults and $3 for children under age 12. There is no charge for admission onto the grounds and access to the museum’s gift shop.

The Maritime Museum is located at 2201 Westhaven Drive. You can’t miss it —Just look for the giant 30-ft. by 50-ft. American flag flying proudly over the grounds.


Westport South Beach Historical Society is looking for vendors for the 2017 Old Fashioned 4th of July

10 x 10 space - $50.00.

10 x 20 space - $100.00.

Call (360) 268-0078 for more information.