The sounds of independence will be heard again on the streets of Exeter this Saturday as crowds gather in New Hampshire’s Revolutionary-era capitol. Beginning July 20, 2012, and continuing Saturday, July 21, the American Independence Museum will host the annual American Independence Festival; a celebration of America’s freedom filled with famous historical icons and memorable moments.
Friday night, July 20, will kick of the event with the barbecue dinner from 5 PM until 7 PM. Adults can enjoy a chicken dinner with side dishes, drinks and dessert for $12 per person, while children can enjoy a hot dog meal for only $6 per person. There will also be an ice cream buffet for an additional $3 each. The dinner will be held at the Congregational Church located at 21 Front Street in Exeter.
Following the meal, at 7:30 PM, guests are invited to enjoy the live production 1776: A Musical. The show dramatizes the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Admission costs $10 per adult and $7.50 for youth 18 and under. There will also be additional shows throughout the weekend on Saturday, July 21 at 7:30 PM and on Sunday, July 22, at 2 PM. Performances will be held at the Exeter Town Hall, located at 7 Front Street.
On Saturday, beginning at 10 AM and lasting until 5 PM, a number of activities will be held. The morning will begin with a procession with George Washington (played by Reverend George Moore), welcoming remarks, as well as a reenactment of the horseback arrival of the Declaration of Independence and a public reading of the Declaration.
Throughout the day, guests can enjoy firing of the cannons, Colonial Games, meet and greets with George Washington, a battle portrayal, duck races, and more. There will also be children’s activities, a Fine Arts and Crafts Fair, and an Independence Ale Pavilion to visit. Viewings of the original Dunlap Broadside, one of only 26 in the world; early drafts of the Constitution; and more will also take place during the day!
Following the close of the festival, with a final firing of the cannons, the Town of Exeter will host live music by Soulmate at 6:45 PM and fireworks at 8:45 PM.
For more information about the festival, as well as a complete schedule of events, visit the American Independence Museum website!