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25th American Independence Festival


Jul 18, 2015
10:00 AM until 05:00 PM


On July 16, 1776, the Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration of Independence arrived in Exeter from Philadelphia — and the celebrations still aren’t over. Witness historical reenactments, listen to a public reading of the Declaration and enjoy entertainment throughout the town.

This popular annual celebration of American independence features historic role-players, children’s activities, colonial and loyalist militias, a procession with General George Washington, a traditional artisan village, cannons firing, food and drink and much more. While many families come as far away as 50 miles, some come from as far south as Boston and Providence, as the entire historic town of Exeter welcomes 3,000+ for the day.

What will happen in 2015:

  • Opportunity to interact with more than 100 costumed interpreters. From militia men and artisans to Exeter’s John Taylor Gilman who will also read the Declaration of Independence aloud. Visitors will also meet John Stark – the New Hampshire general who spoke the great words: “Live free or die.”
  • Chance for younger attendees to enlist in the Junior Militia. Our Loyalist and Colonial re-enactors will demonstrate and train them on military maneuvers.
  • Recreation of the July 16, 1776 delivery of New Hampshire’s Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration of Independence with a costumed rider galloping, hecklers, and more.
  • An expansive Artisan’s village in which more than 40 interpreters will demonstrate colonial crafts such as blacksmithing, granite splitting, woodworking, basketweaving, sailmaiking, shoe making and more. We are also doubling the size of our British encampment.
  • Firing of the always popular cannons on Swasey Parkway, while the Royal Irish Artillery sharesits expertise with the crowd. We are also doubling the size of our British encampment.


View map American Independence Museum
1 Governor’s Ln.
Exeter, NH

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(603) 772-2622

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