Presented in partnership with Service Credit Union, the American Independence Museum will celebrate the nation’s birthday with Happy Birthday, America! on Monday, July 4. At the celebration, which takes place form 10 am to 2 pm, visitors will be presented with special giveaways, courtesy of Service Credit Union.
According to Museum staff, it is the biggest day of the year for the Museum with the exception of the annual American Independence Festival, which takes place on Saturday, July 16 this year. “It’s a chance to celebrate our independence and the events that led up to it as well as enjoy some birthday cake, too,” said Museum Executive Director Julie Williams. “The tours of our Ladd-Gilman house will be brief and perfect for families.”
Museum Curator Rachel Passannante added that the celebration will also provide the unique opportunity for active and retired military and their families to view artifacts of special significance to them.
“We have a Purple Heart awarded by George Washington and other items that help shed light on the military aspects of the Revolution and how NH played its part,” she said.
Committed to serving the interests of veterans, Service Credit Union joins similarly inclined sponsors AutoFair and Two International Group, each of whom made a financial contribution to provide free Museum admission for active/retired military, veterans and family members in 2016. As a General George Washington sponsor of the Museum for the next calendar year, Marketing Manager Aimée Sundstrom said they look forward to supporting related initiatives, including children’s education programs and special events like Happy Birthday, America!
“July 4 is a celebration of our freedom, our history and perseverance,” said Sundstrom. “We believe the Museum is a big part of not just the history of Exeter and New Hampshire, but that of the nation. We wanted to be part of this celebration and their mission to educate and celebrate our nation’s history. July 4 is a day to celebrate so many things, including those who serve.”
On Monday, July 4, the Museum will be open from 10 am to 2 pm, while regular admission fees will apply. The Museum is also part of the NH Heritage Trail. To learn more about The Trail, visit nhmuseumtrail.org.