The Festival Honors America’s Early Days Learn about 18th-century living, why the Whiskey Rebellion happened, relive history, and celebrate good music, food, and community — free and right here in Washington, Pa. This summer festival honors the significant period of America’s early days through historic reenactments, history and heritage displays, street theater performances, children's area, music, food and libations, all the while shining a national spotlight on the city, county and region.