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National Archives Fourth of July Celebration


National Archives Fourth of July Celebration
Photo by Earl McDonald for the National Archives
The National Archives celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence with its traditional Fourth of July program. The celebration will include patriotic music, a dramatic reading of the Declaration by historical reenactors and free family activities and entertainment for all ages. The National Archives exhibits will be open from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


National Archives Building
Constitution Avenue steps
between 7th and 9th Streets, NW
Washington, DC
See a map of the National Mall

Seating on the Constitution Avenue steps is available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Highlights of the day include:

Ceremony - 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Ceremony emcee, C-SPAN host Steve Scully
  • Presentation of Colors by the Continental Color Guard
  • Performance by the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard) Fife and Drum Corps
  • Remarks by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero
  • National Anthem led by the United States Air Force Band
  • Dramatic Reading of the Declaration of Independence by historical reenactors portraying Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Ned Hector.
Family Activities - 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Listen to stories of our patriotic past in the Boeing Learning Center 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.

  • Participate in a variety of hands-on family activities in the Boeing Learning Center.

  • Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., meet Revolutionary figures: Abigail and John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, and other historical figures.
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