Annual Fundraising Event Features Local Musicians, Friends, Food and Fun!

Silver City -- The 38th Annual July 4th Ice Cream Social is happening Monday, July 4th, at the Silver City Museum, featuring a full slate of local musicians, food, friends and fun. The annual celebration and fundraising event takes place from 11 am - 4 pm, and all proceeds benefit the museum.

What says Fourth of July celebration more than grilled hot dogs and ice cream? Attendees will be able to buy tickets to be used to purchase regular or vegetarian hot dogs, lemonade, water or ice tea, popcorn and a variety of ice cream treats. Tickets can also be used to participate in scheduled events, including an old-fashioned cake walk and face painting. 

A variety of free children's activities and games will also be available for family fun, and visitors will have an opportunity to learn more about current exhibits and programs at the museum, including the Chihuahua Hill History Project, featuring dozens of oral histories from residents of this historic neighborhood. Participants will also have an opportunity to share their stories, regardless of where they live.

Love to bake? Volunteers are needed to bake shelf-stable-style cakes of all kinds for the cake walk - no cheesecakes or ice cream cakes please!  Sponge, bundt, sheet cakes and similar cake confections are preferred. Volunteer cake bakers are asked to drop their creations off at the museum during the following hours:

  • Saturday, July 2, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 3, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Monday, July 4th, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

For questions about donating cakes, please contact Jan White at (575) 574-8264.

Music lovers will enjoy a wide variety of musical styles throughout the day, including mariachi, steelpan, regional music, folk and traditional tunes. The music schedule is as follows:

  • 11:45 am - 12:30 pm: Bill Harris (Solo Steelpan Music, Island Theme)
  • 12:45 - 1:30 pm: Peter Dahl-Bredine (Multi-Instrumental Indie Artist)
  • 1:45 - 2:30 pm: Angelica Padilla (Traditional Mariachi and Regional 
  • 2:45 - 3:30 pm: The Big Ditch Crickets (A 14-Piece Community Dance 
    Band, playing traditional tunes including "old-time" and New Mexican folk music.

Local sponsors of the 38th Annual Ice Cream Social include Albertsons, Food Basket, Kooler Ice, Diamond Dave Services, Sysco, First New Mexico Bank of Silver City, Western Bank and Deming Coca-Cola.

For more information about the event, please contact Sarah Zamora, Silver City Museum community engagement manager at (575) 597-0230. 

The Silver City Museum creates opportunities for residents and visitors to explore, understand, and celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of southwestern New Mexico by collecting, preserving, researching, and interpreting the region's unique history. The museum is nationally recognized through its accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.

Admission is free, though a suggested donation of $5 helps support the museum’s education programs, collections care and exhibitions. For more information, please contact the museum at (575) 589-5921/, or visit the museum's website at To donate or to learn of volunteer opportunities, please visit

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