Travel Back to the 1700′s this Weekend in Exeter

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.

Seen here is a copy of the Declaration of Independence. Click for a larger image.

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.

This is a map of the events and activities at the American Independence Festival. Click for a larger image.

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.

George Washington, played by Reverend George Moore.

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!

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