Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Party Like It’s 1776

EXETER, N.H. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – This Saturday (Jul. 18), folks in Exeter, New Hampshire, are going to party like it’s 1776.

The 19th Annual American Independence Festival is headed to town and this year’s theme is “Sounds of the Revolution.”

All day long, history buffs will hear the sounds of colonial times including cannons and muskets shooting off, blacksmiths hammering anvils, a fifen drum core, and a group singing sea shanties.

Role players dressed like George Washington and New Hampshire statesman John Taylor Gilman will also read the 1776 Declaration Of Independence out loud, and professional militia groups will perform an authentic war re- enactment.

Event organizer Stephanie Rohwer says that since no actual Revolutionary battles were ever fought on Exeter soil, the re- enactment will be a glimpse into what a colonial fight may have been like.

It’ll last 30-45 minutes and while fighters will fall, there’ll be no actual or fake bloodshed, so as not to totally traumatize younger onlookers.

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