Annual Celebration Reenacts Watertown’s First Reading of the Declaration of Independence and Treaty of Watertown
Edmund Fowle House – On the 19th of July, 242 years ago the first international treaty of alliance and friendship was signed. The treaty was signed by the United States of America and the Micmac Nation of northern New England and Canada. General George Washington desired to secure the northern border, and invited seven Captains of the Micmac and three Malecite Captains to Watertown to meet. This resulted in the Treaty of Watertown – the first treaty signed between the United States and a foreign power.
This important time in history is still honored at the Historical Society of Watertown’s annual Treaty Day celebration. The event also commemorates the first time the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to the citizens of Watertown on July 18, 1776.
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Produced by Mark Aiello, Videographer
Ashley Hardy, Community Production Coordinator
July 19, 2018