The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, will kick-off Independence Day activities with a family fun night beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27. Admission is FREE, but a fee will be charged for some activities including stagecoach rides. Independence Day in the 1860s was the biggest holiday of the year, and the Mahaffie family hosted events while living at the farm.
The program features a unique 19th Century Fireworks display, 1860s baseball game, a concert by the Olathe Civic Band, a kid’s parade, 1860s hands on activities and patriotic music. The evening’s schedule is planned to include:
• 6:30 p.m.: 1860s Baseball Game
• 7:00 p.m.: Patriotic Kids Parade, decorate your bike, stroller, or wagon to celebrate America!
• 7:30 p.m.: Concert by the Olathe Civic Band and the Olathe Northwest Elementary Area Band
• 8:30 p.m.: Cowboy Costume Contest
• 8:45 p.m.: Patriotic Music Medley
• 9:15 p.m.: a Reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by a cannon firing
• 9:30 p.m.: 19th Century Fireworks.
Volunteers and staff from Mahaffie dress in 1860s uniforms and play baseball using 1860s rules. For the third year, former Olathe North High School baseball players will make up the teams. 1860s baseball is a gentlemen’s game and the players must also ask for permission to tally their run in order for the run to be placed on the scoreboard.
Visitors will be treated to a special Patriotic Music Medley. The Star Spangled Banner was not always the national anthem. Singers will be sharing songs from the 1860s such as Hail Columbia! and a song called ‘Chester’ which inspired many during the times before and during the American Revolution. A reading of the Declaration of Independence follows the patriotic music and a cannon firing will kick off the 19th Century Fireworks. Living history activities will end at 9:00 p.m. Pie, ice cream, and lemonade will be available for purchase. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, lawn chairs and blankets.