Schedule of Events
10:00 Opening Memorial Salute Swasey Parkway
Join us as we honor the memory of dedicated museum volunteers and militia members.
10:00-12:00 Traditional Harp Music Folsom Tavern
10:15 Meet John Stark Amphitheatre, Ladd-Gilman Lawn
11:00 Declaring Independence Festival Stage, Ladd-Gilman Lawn
Delivery of the Declaration of Independence on horseback and John Taylor Gilman’s reading of the Declaration.
11:30 Piscataqua Jr. Rangers Fife & Drum – Amphitheatre, Ladd-Gilman Lawn
12:00-6:00 Redhook Brewery’s Independence Ale – Folsom Tavern
12:00 Cannon Firing – Swasey Parkway
12:30 Meet John Stark – Amphitheatre, Ladd-Gilman Lawn
12:30 Jr. Militia Muster Training PEA Boathouse Courtyard
Learn how to muster and join George Washington’s parade!
1:00 Cannon Firing – Swasey Parkway
1:05 George Washington Parade – Water Street
Ends at Folsom Tavern
1:30 Tangled Strings – Amphitheatre, Ladd-Gilman Lawn
2:00 Battle Portrayal – Swasey Parkway
View a re-enactment of a Revolutionary battle. Please view from the non-river side of the road behind the barriers.
2:30 Traditional American Music – Folsom Tavern
3:00 Cannon Firing – Swasey Parkway
3:00 Wounded Soldier-Musket Ball Removal – Amphitheatre, Ladd-Gilman Lawn
4-6:30 TEAM Music and Activities – Swasey Parkway
6:45 Baha concert presented by Exeter Parks & Rec -Swasey Parkway
8:45 Town Fireworks Swasey Parkway
Historic Documents/Self-Guided Tours – Ladd-Gilman House
One-day only viewing of the Dunlap Broadside Declaration of Independence and drafts of the U.S. Constitution!
Self-Guided Tours – Folsom Tavern
Traditional Artisan Village – Folsom Tavern Lawn
Sponsored by the NH State Council on the Arts, see a complete list of artisans on the next page
Dearborn Company; Colonial Living & Trades – Folsom Tavern Lawn
Colonial Games – Folsom Tavern Lawn
Children’s Activities PEA Boathouse Courtyard
Hayden’s Hunt – Folsom Tavern Lawn & Swasey Parkway
Pick up scavenger hunt booklets at admissions tables, info booth and museum gift shops. Show completed booklets at the Swasey Parkway gift shop for a free festival souvenir!
Local Food Trucks – Swasey Parkway
The Fifes & Drums of the Lincoln Minute Men – Roving
Piscataqua Rangers Jr. Fife and Drum – Roving
Tangled Strings – Roving
Meet Revolutionary Characters! – Roving
Greg Gilman as John Taylor Gilman
Richard C. Wright as John Stark
Chuck Blake as George Washington
Museum Gift Shops – Ladd-Gilman House & Swasey Parkway
NH Made artisans, crafters, and non-profits – Water Street
All events held on museum grounds require payment of admission fee. Water Street and Swasey Parkway events are free of charge, donations encouraged. All proceeds from admission fees, museum gift shop sales, Independence Ale sales, and donation boxes go directly to the American Independence Museum, a non-profit organization. We thank you for your support!
Traditional Artisans – Folsom Tavern Lawn
Zachary Archambault – Blacksmith; Everett Bailey – Broom Maker; Peter Cook – Flax to Linen; Regina Delaney – Harpist; Dodie Duclos, Rebecca Hanson, Joyce Heck, & Billy Ann Hutchins – Spinners; R. P. Hale – Printmaker; Larry Leonard – Tinsmith; Linda Oakley – Needlework; Peter Oakley – Shoemaker; Alice Ogden – Weaver; Ron Raiselis – Cooper; Tara Raiselis – Millinery; Chuck Walker – Horner; Sally Watkins – Basketry; Steve Woodman – Gunmaker; Steve Zoldak – Potter
Revolutionary Encampments Swasey Parkway
Patriot Militias: 1st NH Regiment; 2 NH Regiment, Cherry’s Company; & Danvers Alarm List Company
The King’s Men: 4th British Regiment; 7th Company, 3rd Battalion Royal Regiment of Artillery; King’s Rangers; & Royal Irish Artillery
Local Food Trucks Swasey Parkway
Boogalows Island BBQ, Curb Appeal Meals, Lexie’s Burger Bus, Memories Ice Cream, Redneck BBQ, The Traveling Chef
Vendors Water Street
110 Grill, Art by Gisele*, Beeline Skin Care, Black Maple Glen*, Buzz N Bee Apiary*, Citizen’s Count NH, Edward Jones, Exeter DAR/SAR/CAR, Exeter Historical Society, Exeter Hospital, Exeter NH Democratic Committee, Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, Gunther’s Goodies*, Hazard Baby*, Hickory Arms LLC, Historic New England’s Gilman Garrison House, John Start Society, Mitchell Comics*, Mountains of the Sky Photography, New Hampshire Homemade Creations, New Hampshire SAR, Nicole Ellis-Painter, No Labels Problem Solvers of New Hampshire, North Woods Work Studio LLC*, Piscataqua Jr. Rangers Fifes & Drums, Polish That Pout, Rae’s Specialty Foods, Revolution 250, Riverwoods/Seacoast Family Promise, Rockingham County Democrats, Rockingham County Republican Committee, Scorpio Jewelry, Star in the East Lodge #59, Starcrafts Art Gallery & Gift Shop*, Steiner Family Chiropractic, TEAM, The Bent Nail*, The Birdhouse Guy*, The Making of America, Usborne Books & More, Windsor Candle*mise, Moments of Beauty, Rockingham County Democrats, Rockingham County Republican Committee, Scorpio Jewelry, Sons of the American Revolution, St. Vincent de Paul, Star in the East Lodge #59, TEAM, The Birdhouse Guy*, The Making of America, Usborne Books & More
*NH Made member, Non-profit organizations