Did you know the Fourth of July was Thomas Edison’s favorite holiday? He would devote the entire day to his children, waking up early to set off a giant firecracker in his yard. The children would dress in Fourth of July costumes and Edison and the children would throw Chinese firecrackers. Edison even made his own fireworks, calling them incendiary torpedoes that had TNT added. As a part of the Fourth of July celebration, the family enjoyed ice cream and watermelon, just as many American families do today.
Fourth of July meant so much to Edison. He used red, white and blue bulbs when he made the first strand of Christmas lights to represent the color of the Fourth of July!
Edison Ford is offering FREE admission to United States Veterans and their families on July 4, 2016. Free admission to Edison Ford includes a self-guided audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, laboratory and museum. To receive free admission, veterans must present a VA identification card or their DD214 papers. Current servicemen and women presenting active military identification always receive free admission throughout the year. Veterans also will receive a 10% discount on Edison Ford membership and items purchased in the Museum Store, Ford Cottage Shoppe, Garden Shoppe and Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops on July 4.
Edison Ford is a member of Blue Star Museums, so all active duty military will also receive free admission. The program includes active duty military in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and NOAA Commissioned Corps. Up to five family members may also be admitted free. The Blue Star Museums free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card.
Celebrate America’s birthday at Florida’s own “National Treasure.” So wear your red, white and blue and come
celebrate the Fourth of July with us at Edison Ford.