Traders, residents and visitors came together on Saturday to celebrate July 4 on the America Ground.
This was the first time Independance Day has been marked in this way but not the last according to David Hooper of Hastings Rotary club which organised it with the America Ground Committee.
This mini-fest took place with the opening of The Alley with “a veritable feast” of Jeeps, American uniforms, Lindy Hop, Bar-B-Q’s, and face painting.
Live music was provided by the Ingrid Pitt Orchestra, Cajun Dawgs, The Mighty Sounds, The Fabulous Red Diesel, The Rhythm Section, The Yeah Yeah Party Party Freedom Drummers, Sambalanco and Danny Goring.
Entry was free so, if you missed it this year, make sure you catch it in 2016 when it will be back, said David, who had never seen Trinity Stret, Claremont, and Robertson Street so busy.
He added: “I am so enthusiastic about this. It was brilliant - absolutely brilliant. Many thanks to Rob Wood, town centre manager, the deputy mayoress Judy Rogers who was very helpful, and Revd Simon Larkin of the Holy Trinity church for the bouncy castle, free teas and coffees and the tuck shop.”