180 Ocean Boulevard Hampton, New Hampshire 03842
In May of 1988 a small group of the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce business owners and merchants assembled at the State Park on the southern tip of Hampton Beach to put on the 1st Annual Seafood Festival as a way to promote Hampton’s local restaurants and offer samplings of their seafood specialties. While the weather did not cooperate and held crowds at bay, the spirit of the organizers was not dampened.
In 1990 the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival changed location & date to where it is presently held at the center of Hampton Beach, the weekend after Labor Day. The move necessitated the closing of Ocean Boulevard from H St. to the Memorial Statue and with it brought a dramatic impact to the Festival. With Ocean Boulevard closed to vehicular traffic, a safe and enjoyable seaside pedestrian promenade was formed.
The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival has evolved dramatically, and has been acclaimed as “One of the Top 100 Events in North America”, by the American Bus Association for many years! Event attendance is now estimated as exceeding 150,000!