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4th of July Ice Cream Social

Date & Time

July 4, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Mathias Ham Historic Site

The Mathias Ham Historic Site’s 56th annual Fourth of July Ice Cream Social will take place Thursday, July 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This time-honored celebration provides visitors of all ages an opportunity to tour the stately Ham House free of charge and experience frontier life at the Humke one-room school, Iowa’s oldest standing building—the Arriandeau log house, and a replica lead mine.

Guests will enjoy live music from the The Americana Band, sample home-made ice cream, participate in living history demonstrations, play interactive games, and take part in a watermelon seed spitting contest. Dick McGrane with Dubuque's Super Hits 106 will be on site covering the event live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event is free to the public thanks to sponsorship from U.S. Bank In-kind support is provided by the Americana Band and Prairie Farms Dairy. Free-will donations will be accepted to support future preservation and upkeep of the Mathias Ham Historic Site. Picnic foods, cakes, and ice cream will be available.


11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Living History Demonstrations
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Food/drinks available for purchase
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.:
Classic Car Viewing (please note that due to potential for thunderstorms in the area, the Classic Car Viewing is being rescheduled to a date later this summer)
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Horse Shoes
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Croquet Demonstrations
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Jacks
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.:
Sack Races
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.:
Sun Printing
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Paper Fan Making
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Paper Marbling
1 p.m.:
Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest

All activities subject to change due to weather.

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