The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill will celebrate America's independence Sunday with a "Shaker Fourth."
While 19th-century Shakers sought to separate themselves from outside influences, they celebrated many of the same holidays as mainstream America.
This year's celebration at the restored Pleasant Hill community will include special performances (11a.m.,1 p.m. and 3 p.m.) of music written for Shaker Fourth of July celebrations and old-fashioned games.
Readings of the Declaration of Independence (11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.) and John Adams' most famous speech is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., along with a 2:30 p.m. reading of "A Centennial Poem," composed by Pleasant Hill Shaker Sister Nancy Rupe in 1876.
In addition to the Fourth of July festivities, cruises aboard the sternwheeler Dixie Belle are planned for the day at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., with a garden talk at 3 p.m. at the Historic Farm Barn.