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Thank you all for a great 2014 Festival. On July 12th thousands came out to enjoy all the Festival had to offer. we are currently planning for 2015, check back for more information!

About the Festival

Well into the evening of July 4, 1776, Philadelphia printer John Dunlap, the official printer of the Continental Congress, worked diligently at his printing press. His project: turning Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten Declaration of Independence into 200 broadsides that were then delivered to the King of England and the American colonies. New Hampshire’s copy arrived in Exeter on July 16, 1776 and was read aloud to all of the townspeople by 22-year old John Taylor Gilman. This was the first time our rebellion had been solidified – just imagine what it would have been like to live during such a tumultuous time, to make the choice to be loyal or to rebel – and what John Taylor Gilman felt when he read these historic words aloud...

Festival Sponsorship

Without the dedicated and generous support of our sponsors, we would not have been able to plan our 24th Festival this year. We wish to acknowledge their tremendous support of the American Independence Festival, and the American Independence Museum:

Declaration Sponsors
Provident Bank


Cannon Sponsors

NH Council





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Society of Colonial Wars in the
Commonwealth Massachusetts

Militia Sponsors
Attorney Pamela Rogers
Access Sports Medicine & Orthopedics
Exeter Hospital
Loranger Wealth Management of Raymond James
Sean Mahoney

Adams Sponsors

ECM Design
Exeter Inn & Epoch Restaurant
Northeast Lantern, Ltd.
Porches of Exeter
R.E. Prescott Co., Inc.
Southport Printing
Water Street Bookstore

Festival Volunteers

Critical to the success of our Festival are volunteers who staff various event sites and venues on the day of the event. Please set aside July 12 to help us make the day unforgettable! If you have volunteered in the past, welcome back. If this would be your first time, we would love to have you join us. You may wish to volunteer for a full day (9:15-4) or a ½day (9:15-1 or 1-4).

No previous experience necessary. A short orientation will be held before the Festival day. Click here for a volunteer application, or contact us at . We also have opportunities for companies interested in sending employees for the day.

Craft Marketplace

This year the Museum is seeking vendors for a Craft Marketplace component of the American Independence Festival. This new addition to our Festival will be in keeping with the mission of the Museum and the day, and will allow local artisans practicing in Colonial techniques to sell their wares. We hope more than 40 local artisans and craftsmen will participate and offer a further glimpse into Colonial life and trade. If you are interested in participating, please contact Michelle at or fill out the Craft Marketplace Form.

YMCA to host Rubber Duck Race

As part of Festival day, the Southern District YMCA will host the annual Rubber Duck Race down the Squamscott River. All proceeds from the rubber duck sales benefit year-round scholarships for local children to attend Southern District YMCA programs. For more info and to purchase your ducks, click here.



For more information or to be involved in the 2014 Festival, please Email us.