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National Archives Celebrates 4th of July:  Washington, DC | Presidential Libraries

Declaration of Independence

Official signed copy of the Declaration of Independence, August 2, 1776; Miscellaneous Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789; Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789, Record Group 360; National Archives.

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Fourth of July Celebration

Join us Thursday, July 4, as we celebrate our nation's 237th birthday!

USA flag icon All exhibits, including the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, which houses the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on July 4.

All of the Presidential library museums are open on the 4th of July.

Federal holiday icon All National Archives research rooms will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

This three-minute video features highlights from the 2012 Fourth of July festivities at the National Archives in Washington, DC, including an introduction of the Founding Fathers and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Captioning provided by YouTube

July 4th at the National Archives is presented in partnership with the Foundation for the National Archives and is made possible in part by the generous support of Lead Sponsor John Hancock Financial and Dykema.

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