Join The House of the Seven Gables for its traditional Independence Day celebration and seaside picnic July 4th and honor our Nation’s birth and Hawthorne’s 207th birthday. The House of the Seven Gables has marked the fourth of July with great gusto for decades, making the 4th of July at The Gables a long-standing tradition for many families. This year, to honor the 161st anniversary of the writing of the book, The Gables will introduce a new tradition. Beginning at 9:30 in the morning and extending through to 6:00 in the afternoon The Gables will host a marathon reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The House of the Seven Gables. Area politicians, Salem State University professors, and local best-selling authors have signed-up to take part in the event. The reading will take place in The House of the Seven Gables’ Visitor Center and feature Hawthorne’s antique desk. The reading of the novel is open to the public free of charge. Hear a classic piece of American literature read aloud from the very desk on which it was written and the house it made famous in the background.
In the evening, The Gables will once again host a picnic dinner and celebrate Hawthorne’s birthday. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and enjoy a boxed-picnic dinner from Wichit gourmet sandwiches at 7:00PM. These deliciously creative sandwiches feature artisan breads, hand-made condiments, and organic meats and vegetables. The evening concludes with birthday cake and a front row seat for the City of Salem’s extraordinary fireworks display over the harbor. This event is family friendly, so there is no alcohol permitted on the grounds. Tickets for the evening picnic and fireworks display are $25 for adults, $12 for children under 12. Members of The Gables are $20 for adults, $10 for children. For Evening Tickets, please call in advance to 978-744-0991 ext. 104.
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