American Independence Festival
July 15, 2017
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What is happening at the Independence Festival?

Food and Music

Experience the sounds of traditional music throughout the museum grounds and feel the beat of the Fifes and Drums as they march. Enjoy a bite from local food trucks on Swasey Parkway and at local restaurants in Exeter!

Historic Encampments

Visitors can roam the museum’s grounds to see colonial living in action, learn to muster, play colonial games, and more. Stroll down to Swasey Parkway where cannons boom and British and Patriot Militia encampments are stationed.

Re-enactments & Portrayals

Enjoy a recreation of the 1776 delivery of NH’s copy of the Declaration of Independence with a costumed rider, hecklers, and more. Later, view a battle portrayal on Swasey Parkway.

Independence Ale by Redhook!

We are proud to continue our  partnership with Redhook to offer Independence Ale in Folsom Tavern. Come partake this special brew in the very room where George Washington once ate breakfast and adjoining beer garden.

Museum Tours

Our Ladd-Gilman House is open with priceless items for one day only viewing! See the first printed copy of the Declaration of Independence, our Dunlap Broadside, and compare two draft copies of the United States Constitution.

Artisans' Village

Visitors have the chance to interact with more than 15 costumed interpreters in our Artisans’ Village sponsored by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

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Local Vendors!

Many of the vendors at this year’s Festival are members of New Hampshire Made!

All events held on museum grounds require payment of admission fee. Water Street and Swasey Parkway events are free of charge. All proceeds from admission fees, museum gift shop sales, Independence Ale sales, and donation boxes go directly towards the growth and preservation of the American Independence Museum, a non-profit organization.

With special thanks to our 2017 Major Festival Sponsors