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Saturday, July 4th, 2015
10:00am–2:00 pm 
Swing Dance, Friday, July 3rd, 6-9 pm
13th Annual An American Celebration!

"An American Celebration" is Strawbery Banke Museum's annual salute to America, Independence Day and the joys of summer. Beginning with a US Naturalization Ceremony, Strawbery Banke gives multiple generations the opportunity to enjoy the 10-acre living history museum on a day that American history takes the spotlight. An "Old Fashioned Field Day" activities invite families to participate in ten different historical games, representing a number of different time periods in may different locations across the site. Participants receive ribbons for each game as prizes, and the festivities culminates in the traditional kids' decorated bike/wagon parade at 1:45 pm. All children under 17 are admitted FREE thanks to sponsors BAE Systems. As a Blue Star Museum, active duty military and their families are FREE.

  • The fun begins on Friday night with a 1940s style swing dance from 6 to 9 pm, with dance lessons at 6pm. Jump, jive and swing to the music of the Bedford Big Band and enjoy the Portsmouth fireworks from Strawbery Banke. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance on this secure website, click here.
  • Join Veterans Count at 8am on July 4th for a “Pack and Boots” road race. For more information, click here.
  • Learn games played throughout the centuries as part of Strawbery Banke’s Old Fashioned Field day. Visitors are invited to a round of croquet, test your skill with marbles, have fun with hula hoops, and collect ribbons at 10 different games all over the museum grounds. Field day games will run from 10am to 2pm with a patriotic parade around the museum grounds at 1:45. Kids are invited to decorate their bike, wagon, or hat from 10am until the parade starts.
  • At 11 am celebrate America by attending the US Naturalization Ceremony for new citizens.
  • At 1:30 pm, Governor Maggie Hassan reads from the Declaration of Independence
  • History comes alive from 10am to 5pm with visits to historic houses, costumed role-players, military reenactors, antique cars, historical dances, craft demonstrations and more.

All activities -- except for the Swing Dance -- are included with regular museum admission; children are admitted FREE thanks to a grant from BAE Systems. Adult (17 and older) tickets are $20. Adult members receive half-price admission ($10). As a Blue Star Museum, Strawbery Banke admits active duty military and their families FREE. Strawbery Banke also admits veterans free.


An American Celebration! is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors:

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