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American Independence Festival General Information

Each summer, the American Independence Museum hosts the American Independence Festival to celebrate the arrival and reading of the Declaration of Independence to the citizens of Exeter, New Hampshire. The event occurs on the third Saturday in July and is now in its 28th year. The event encompasses the entire museum campus, Water Street, and Swasey Parkway. Militia, colonial artisans, local makers, and local food purveyors are part of the dynamic event that brings over 3,000 visitors to Exeter.

This year, the Museum is focused on celebrating the talents and creativity of local makers from New Hampshire, northern Massachusetts and southern Maine. Particular focus will be paid to those vendors from the greater Exeter and Seacoast area of New Hampshire.

What: American Independence Museum’s American Independence Festival
Where: Water Street between Spring Street and Center Street in Exeter, New Hampshire
When: Saturday, July 14, 2018; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Contact: Victoria Su, Events Manager,

Vendor Application Form

Fees: $125 for for-profits; $100 for NH Made Member; $80 for non-profits. Fees are payable by check or credit card.

Vendor Area: Each vendor will be assigned a space measuring approximately 12’ x 12’. Spaces are located on Water Street. Over 40 vendor spaces are available. No vending, canvassing or hawking may take place outside your designed vendor space. This is a highly popular outdoor event in July, held rain or shine. Please plan accordingly.

Event Set-Up: Load-in may occur no earlier than 8:00 am. Cars may be unloaded on Water Street and then immediately relocated to parking. All cars must be off Water Street by 9:00 am.

Event Break-Down: Break-down must be completed by 5:30 pm.

Supplies: Vendor is responsible for providing their own supplies including tables, chairs, pop-up tents, displays, and marketing materials. Water and electricity is NOT available.

Items for Sale: No food or beverage for immediate consumption may be offered or sold. If vendors are interested in selling food for on-site consumption, they should apply under the separate Food Vendor application. Pre-packaged food (i.e. jam and syrup) is permitted for sale.

Parking: Staff will provide directions to vendor parking areas in advance of Festival.

Registration & Payment: All applications must be received by April 15. Museum staff will notify Vendors of their acceptance by May 15. Full payment of fees must be received by June 1 or vendor shall forfeit spot.

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I have received and read the above Vendor Information and confirm I am available to participate in the American Independence Festival on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 10 am - 4 pm. Furthermore, I understand that submitting an application does not signify acceptance into the Festival. Museum leadership strive to obtain a diversity of vendors and will notify vendors with their decision by May 15.