Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; oh and a loud bang and hot dog too

June 1, 2018 -

The 4th of July is one of those dates to remember; it seems to stick in the memory even if you’re not a US citizen.

So why is it important and why should we celebrate it?

Well in the US it’s a federal holiday, the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

On July 4, 1776, The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.

So a country is born and what better occasion to celebrate (except maybe your own birthday).

And where to celebrate; well we think there is only one place this side of the Atlantic to do so and that’s with us.

We have three fab red, white and blue events lined up to give you ample opportunity to wear your best stars and shiniest stripes.

Independence Day celebrations at the American Museum


Our first weekend (June 30 and July 1) will transport you right back to 1776 in the guise of a living history weekend, and the welcome return of the Crown Forces Association and the Society of King George the Third. Marvel at the redcoats and revolutionaries as they display military might (including loud bangs) and civilian comforts of the late 18th century in America. Normal admission applies.

Then it’s on to the big day itself. Visit during the day on Wednesday 4th July between 10am and 5pm and you’ll get free entry! In the evening we have music from two amazing performers: The Danberry’s and Sarah McQuaid. Tickets, and how to book can be found here: Fourth of July folk

To round off our celebrations we have a weekend (7 – 8 July) of razz-a-mataz including, classic American cars, BBQ, music, fun and American games. Normal admission applies.

You can also immerse yourself in our fab folk art collection, quilts to die for and look at back at the first great test of the US/UK relationship as we uncover America’s involvement in World War I.

So see you in July. Clear throat… ‘Oh say can you see…’