Calendar of Events

July 4th Celebration

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Join us Tuesday, July 4, as we celebrate our nation's birthday! 
Find information about events in Washington, DC.

If you can't come in person, join our celebration through US National Archives YouTube Channel

#ArchivesJuly4—Celebrate With Us

Share your experience on social media using the hashtag #ArchivesJuly4.


Events on the National Mall

July 4th at the National Archives is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation with the generous support of John Hancock, Dykema, and Boies Schiller Flexner.

Events Schedule

Celebrate Independence Day at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.

This fun-for-all-ages program is free! No tickets are needed. The event is outside, and the audience sits on the steps of the building, facing Constitution Avenue.

Too hot? Indoor seating is available in the William G. McGowan Theater. Email

Friday, June 30
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Noon–1 p.m. Musical performance on Constitution Avenue steps
Saturday, July 1
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1–2 p.m. Performance by Batala Washington on Constitution Avenue steps
Sunday, July 2
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Noon–1 p.m. Musical performance on Constitution Avenue steps
Monday, July 3
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1–2 p.m. Frederick Douglass: The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro
In a July 5, 1852, speech to a group of abolitionists, Frederick Douglass reminded them that for slaves and former slaves, the Declaration of Independence represented the unfulfilled promise of liberty for all. Phil Darius Wallace will give a dramatic reading of excerpts from the speech. Presented in partnership with the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.
5–6 p.m. Performance by GottaSwing on Constitution Avenue steps
Tuesday, July 4
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10-11 a.m. Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony
  • Greetings from Allison Seymour, Fox 5 News Anchor
  • Presentation of colors by the Continental Color Guard
  • National Anthem by Caleb Green
  • Performance by the 3rd U.S. Infantry "The Old Guard" Fife and Drum Corps
  • Remarks by David S. FerrieroArchivist of the United States
  • Dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence by special guests including Abigail Adams, John Adams, John Dunlap, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Ned Hector, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington 
  • "America the Beautiful" by Caleb Green
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Inside the National Archives Building (Boeing Learning Center)

Come celebrate like it it's 1776! Enjoy hands-on family activities, including story time, crafts and more! Meet John and Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Ned Hector, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington.

11:45 a.m. Watch the parade go by outside the National Archives.

All exhibits, including the Rotunda, which houses the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on July 4.

If you’re joining us on the National Mall, don’t forget to share your Independence Day experience with us on social media!


All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.