The Beacon-News: Plenty of ways to celebrate Fourth of July in Aurora area

Head over to The Beacon-News website to check out some of the wonderful events happening around Aurora to celebrate 2019’s Independence Day including the Picnic & Ringing of the Bells at Tanner House.

The Aurora Historical Society’s 52nd annual Independence Day Picnic and Ringing of the Bells will be held on the grounds of the Tanner House Museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

In addition to old-fashioned traditions, there will be a patriotic concert by the American Legion Band and an appearance by race car driver Matt McCain, Historical Society officials said. The event is free.

The day will also feature a petting zoo, children’s entertainment by The Wonderful Wacky Juggler Andy Head, tours of the 1857 Tanner House with occasional live music by Brad Green and sons, lawn games and make-your-own toys for children and a blueberry pie-eating contest.

Hot dogs, sodas in vintage flavors and Oberweis ice cream will be available, officials said.

The Tanner House is at 304 Oak Ave. in Aurora.