Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Fairfield’s annual Town Hall Green ceremonies marking Independence Day next Wednesday, July 4, will feature a traditional salute to the Declaration of Independence and special recognition of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Here, a color guard from last year’s July 4 ceremony attired in Revolutionary-era uniforms. Photo: File Photo / Fairfield Citizen
- This year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, and program highlighting Fairfield’s role in that battle with the British will be offered on Independence Day on Town Hall Green.
Holiday ceremonies Wednesday, July 4, begin on the green at 10 a.m. with the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence, a Fairfield tradition begun in 1894 by the Daughters of the American Revolution. The town’s celebration is organized by the United Veterans of Fairfield, the local chapter of the DAR said in a news release.
The War of 1812 erupted 29 years after the Revolution ended and sometimes is called “the second war of independence.” Its causes were multiple and complex, but it marked the first time the United States had declared war.
Some of its best-known episodes include the burning of the White House and the bombardment of Baltimore’s Fort McHenry, which inspired Washington lawyer Francis Scott Key to pen a poem that would become the lyrics to the “Star Spangled Banner.”
At the July 4 program, Fairfield’s role in the war will be outlined by Betty Oderwald, a DAR member and president of the Connecticut Society, U.S. Daughters of 1812.
She will discuss how Fairfield patriots participated in the war and talk about local landmarks that connect us to it.
After the program, a reception in the Old Academy will be hosted by the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the DAR. The academy is adjacent to Town Hall Green, and its schoolroom museum will be open to the public.