COVID-19 Update: A Virtual American Celebration will take place in lieu of the 4th of July celebrations at the museum.
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An American Celebration
Saturday, July 4, 2020, 10 am - 5 pm

American Lives: A Timeline of American History and An American Celebration are now combined as one event occurring on the 4th of July! 

US Naturalization Ceremony (11 am - 12 pm): Celebrate America by welcoming new citizens at the US Naturalization Ceremony. A museum favorite, come feel reinvigorated by the joy and patriotism shared by those who make their own special day on their new nation’s birthday.

Old-fashioned field day games (10 am - 2 pm): Learn games played throughout the centuries as part of Strawbery Banke’s Old Fashioned Field Day. Visitors are invited to play a round of croquet, test their skill at marbles, have fun with hula hoops, and collect ribbons at 10 different games all over the museum grounds.

Guest re-enactors & historical performers (10 am - 5 pm): Dozens of costumed re-enactors and living performers present American history from 1602 to 1945 join the museum's roleplayers for interactions all day long across the museum grounds. Guest reenactors and performers at past events include:

Patriotic Parade (2 pm): Children are invited to decorate their bikes, wagons, or hats from 10:00 am until the parade around the museum grounds starts at 2 pm.

Ticket information:
An American Celebration is included with regular, museum admission. Members receive free admission as well as those currently serving in the United States Military and their families (up to 5 family members). Veterans also receive free admission.

Parking information: 
Parking at the Museum is reserved for HANDICAP ONLY during designated special events.  All other visitors should utilize off-site parking.  For a downloadable PDF map of public parking, click here.* 

Additional support from Appledore Medical Group, BAE, Eastern BankExeter Hospital, and Fidelity as well as annual sponsors R.M. Davis and Proulx Oil & Gas. Marshall Rental provides in-kind support.