Taunton, MA 02780
The Liberty and Union Celebration commemorates the events of October 1774 when Taunton became the first in the American colonies to raise a flag in opposition to British rule. That flag — the “Liberty and Union” flag — flies proudly over our city to this day. The society’s Robert Treat Paine Chapter annually lays a wreath at the statue of Robert Treat Paine, and our Henry Knox Color Guard joins with Hingham Militia, Rehoboth Militia, and other groups in the celebration. This is a family event with free admission and activities.
Ongoing Activities (12-4 pm)
- The Colonial Village and Market: Interact with artisans and interpreters depicting life in Taunton at the time of the American Revolution. Visit a market set up like a Colonial market place and explore quills and ink. Shop at a variety of vendors with Colonial and modern items.
- The Pumpkin Patch: Kids are invited to decorate a free Patriotic Pumpkin to take home. Enjoy colonial games, try pumpkin bowling, create a masterpiece with sidewalk chalk.
- The Picnic Grove: The Grove Street Tavern, Gonzalez Food Truck, Fork and Bibb, Trucchi’s and food trucks offer food for sale. A limited number of tables and chairs will be available for eating. Public restrooms are open inside the Museum as well as portable potties on the Festival’s grounds.
- The Old Colony History Museum: Admission to the Musuem is free all day in honor of the festival.
- The Farm Yard: The kids will enjoy visiting with alpacas in our farm yard.
- Guided Tours of First Parish Church: In 1671, this site was the place where a peace treaty was signed between colonists and King Philip (sadly, the treaty was broken in 1675). Learn more about this amazing building and its architecture, the bell, and its gorgeous stained glass windows made by a famous maker. This is a tour every Tauntonian should take.
- Mobile Forge and Blacksmith: Demonstrations of the forge all day at Liberty and Union. Stroll over to experience this age old craft up close.
- Liberty and Union Trail Walking Tour: Starts at 11am at The Museum.
- Wreath Laying at the Robert Treat Paine Statue and Liberty and Union Flag Raising, 11:30am: Group procession to Liberty Pole with the ROTC, Sons of the American Revolution, William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum, Rehoboth Minutemen, Taunton Boy Scouts, Taunton Girl Scouts, and more.
- Dance History Alive Presentation, 12-4pm: As a French visitor to Philadelphia put it around 1795, “All American girls or women are fond of dancing, which is one of their necessary accomplishments and greatest pleasures. Join Jacob and Nancy Bloom as they demonstrate and teach some dances in Colonial-style.
- Pied Potter, 12-4pm: Our master potter demonstrates how to make historical pottery and discusses the trade of a potter in Massachusetts in the 17th-19th centuries.
- Liberty Tavern Stage and Beer Tent, 12-4pm: On the eve of the raising of the Liberty and Union Flag by a group of Tauntonians, the patriots enjoyed some local brews in a nearby tavern. In keeping with that spirit, visit the beer tent to enjoy seasonal beer and wine. Admission to the beer tent is limited to patriots aged 21 and over, but all ages are welcome at the Tavern’s Stage which will be filled with acts, music, and dance.
- Patriotic Pet Parade and Collection for the Taunton Animal Care Facility, 2:45 pm: Dress up your pooch in Patriotic attire for this fun and adorable Parade with his four-footed friends. Register your pet for the contest at the table of the Downtown Taunton Foundation near the stage. We ask owners to use good judgement and only bring along pets who are friendly to crowds — all pets must be on a leash. Volunteers from the Taunton Girl Scout volunteers will judge the Parade, accept donations for the Animal Care Facility, and award participants.
For more information about the event, please visit the festival’s website.