Fourth of July

Amherst, NH Reads Frederick Douglass Speech

      On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist and heroic orator for liberty, delivered one of his most famous speeches in which he asked, “What to the slave is your Fourth of July?” In addressing an


Independence Day observance in Rochester, New York, his speech was a blistering indictment of an American idealism that ignored and accepted the inhuman treatment of enslaved African Americans as part of the country’s identity and economy. Ironically, even though Douglass’ words spoke directly to this moment in history, they still ring with an unsettling power today.

      On July 1st, 2022, our community will read Douglass’ historic protest speech and reflect on its meaning.  Reading will take place on the steps of the Congregational Church of Amherst, NH, United Church of Christ opposite the Village Green.  Come and listen to part or all of the speech and then join us for refreshments and discussion in the church’s Memorial Garden.  The reading will begin at 12:00 PM.

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Lions Club Amherst's 2022 Citizen of The Year

47th Presentation to be Held July 4th

The Amherst Lion Club invites you to nominate your neighbor, friend or colleague as 2022 Amherst Citizen of the Year. These individuals should manifest good citizenship through volunteerism, participation, concern and actions to help make Amherst the great community that it is today. Along with a medal, the winner(s) receive a silver engraved bowl and their name(s) engraved on a plaque in the town hall. Download Nomination Form.

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Anne Krantz 2021 

John Harvey 2020