Annual July 4th Bell Ringing Ceremony
- Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
- Saturday, July 4, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
- Sunday, July 4, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
- Monday, July 4, 2022 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
- Tuesday, July 4, 2023 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
- Thursday, July 4, 2024 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
- Friday, July 4, 2025 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
- Saturday, July 4, 2026 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
- Sunday, July 4, 2027 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Join the Petaluma Museum Association on the front steps of the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum at 10:30 a.m. to hear the story of America’s independence and the story of the Korbel bell.
Boy Scout Troop 9 will start with the Color Guard Flag Ceremony, Mayor Glass will read the proclamation and everyone can ring the bell at 11 a.m. Lemonade and cookies for all afterwards.
While the bell ringing is a nationwide event, in Petaluma the tradition was begun in 1962 by Helen Putnam, who invited the neighbors over to ring the bell at her home on the corner of B and Fair Streets. She served lemonade and cookies. Mrs. Putnam was a long-time local teacher and principal, the city’s mayor for 13 years, and a county supervisor.
Prior to being owned by Mrs. Putnam, the bell, called the “Liberty Bell,” was used to alert workers to fire, accidents and other emergencies at the Korbel Lumber Company in West Sonoma County. After the death of Mrs. Putnam, the bell was donated by her son to the Petaluma Museum, who elected to follow the Fourth of July tradition.