Celebrate the 4th of July all day with the BCHA!
Welcome to the Old Fashioned 4th of July [ONLINE] Social! Since you cannot come to the BCHA for our annual Ice Cream Social, we're bringing the 4th of Julys of yesteryear to you through this unique digital event!

Throughout the day on Facebook, our posts will include photos from our collection, holiday messages from the area's representatives, and links to fun kid activities! We also have an an online exhibit and a local Usborne seller is hosting an online book sale!

Not online? Not a problem! Check out all the great activities below!

Stump Speeches


An Interlude


Free books from this event will be given to the Children's Advocacy Center of SWMI! Director Stephanie Crider had this to say:

"Just wanted to thank you again for referring us to the Berrien County Historical Society. Being the beneficiary of their book sale will not only enable us to give families new books once they’ve visited our facility, but it will allow us to give the children receiving therapy here at the CAC books that are relatable to issues they may be going through or feeling, such as body image, bullying and anxiety. As a non-profit, these types of books are a luxury and not always attainable. " 


Historic Photos

Kid's Activities

Andrews University 4th of July float, 1971
Don't forget! We are open to the public today.

The grounds are available for picnics and food vendors will be on-site selling their wares beginning at 10:00 a.m.

A Walk in the Park lets guests explore the green spaces and parks of Berrien County; located inside the Sheriff's Residence.

On the Docket Books and Gifts is hosting their 1-3-5 sale. Looking for Americana goodies? We can help!
About The Old Fashioned 4th of July Ice Cream Social (Online Social)

This annual tradition draws hundreds of visitors to the History Center at Courthouse Square to celebrate our nation's birth. Stump speeches, vendors, music, and more await guests during the event, providing an exciting family-friendly experience. The 2020 event includes special online only programming to bring the spirit of the Social to you.

During the age of COVID-19, we strive to still bring our best loved programs to you. Through the use of technology, events like this are still possible and we're happy to continue to connect you to your history at every opportunity.

About the Berrien County Historical Association
The History Center at Courthouse Square is operated by the Berrien County Historical Association and is located in Berrien Springs, MI. Since 1967, the BCHA has operated the five buildings located on Courthouse Square, including the 1839 courthouse, an 1830s log cabin, a recreated blacksmith forge, an 1870s sheriff's residence, and the 1860s county records building. For more information about our exhibits and programs, contact the BCHA at 269-471-1202. Find us online , on Facebook , and on Instagram .
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