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Independence Day at the National Archives


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Every July 4, the National Archives marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence with its traditional in-person Independence Day program! Highlights include welcoming remarks by Archivist of the United States, a variety of educational and family-friendly interactive programs with historical figures and Archives educators, and a lively, patriotic reading ceremony emceed by WUSA9 News Anchor Allison Seymour. All July 4th activities are free and open to the public. The full schedule of events (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) can be found at

July 4th at the National Archives is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Comcast Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, John Hancock, and Dykema.

Family Activities and Downloads

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Founders Online

Read the actual words written by our nation's founders on Founders Online.

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Google Cultural Institute

"Carting the Charters": Fnd out how the Charters of Freedom—The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights—came to rest in the National Archives.

Founders Online

Founders Online lets you to read and search through thousands of documents written by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.