At six o’clock in the morning, thirteen cannons – one for each colony – fired a salute from Fort William and Mary (soon to be renamed Fort Constitution), Liberty Bridge (on Marcy Street over Puddle Dock near the Liberty Pole in Prescott Park), and from Church Hill (beside Queen’s Chapel, soon to be renamed St. John’s Church). HMS America, a 64-gun British warship in
harbor, returned the salute.
Worship services were held at ten o’clock in the North Meetinghouse – the “Three Decker” – where the
is located today. Along with joyous singing by the church choir and the
congregation, Reverend Doctor Haven, the leader of the South Parish, gave the
sermon. He thanked God for the end of hostilities and for their newly-won
independence. Reverend Buckminster, the North Parish’s minister, gave the
closing prayer. North Church
The President of the State of
Hampshire, Meshech Weare of ,
and other government officials walked to the Parade (now called Hampton Falls Market Square) at noon. From the balcony
of the State House, surrounded by a joyful crowd of celebrants, the Sheriff of
Rockingham read the proclamation of peace. That evening, there were celebratory
banquets, a magnificent ball, and fireworks. Today, 230 years later, we still remember that 'Freedom is Not Free' and commemorate those who have given their lives for this country.