July 4th Celebration
#ArchivesJuly4—Celebrate With Us
People all over the country share the celebration on social media using the hashtag #ArchivesJuly4.
Celebrate Independence Day and the days leading up to it at the National Archives Building on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets NW.
Thursday, July 4
Special July 4 FREE T-shirt Giveaway
First 1,000 guests to join us for the Reading Ceremony will receive a special July 4th Celebration T-shirt.
8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Patriotic Shopping at the National Archives Tent Store on Constitution Avenue
The Experience Band & Show (previously known as Brass Connection) on the Constitution Avenue steps
- Greetings: Allison Seymour, Fox 5 News Anchor
- Presentation of colors by the 3rd U.S. Infantry Continental Color Guard
- National Anthem sung by Crystal Mosser
- Performance by the 3rd U.S. Infantry "The Old Guard" Fife and Drum Corps
- Remarks: David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States
- Keynote speech: Cokie Roberts, journalist and author
- Dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence by costumed interpreters portraying historical characters Abigail Adams, John Adams, John Dunlap, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Ned Hector, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington
- "America the Beautiful" sung by Caleb Green
11 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Musical performance by The Experience Band & Show on the Constitution Avenue steps
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Inside the National Archives Building (Boeing Learning Center)
Celebrate like it it's 1776! Enjoy family activities, story time, crafts and more! Meet John and Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Ned Hector, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington.
- Collect autographs
- Celebrate Sovereignty
- "Declaring Independence" scavenger hunt
- Listen to stories of our patriotic past (noon, 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m.)
- Make colonial-style wigs and dress in period clothing
- Sign the Declaration of Independence
- Write with a quill pen
- Set your name in type
- And a whole lot more!
Watch the National Independence Day Parade go by outside the National Archives.
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 Hearst Foundations.
Celebrate July 4th at the Presidential Libraries
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, West Branch, IA
On Thursday, July 4 at 2 p.m., the Eastern Iowa Brass Band will perform a free concert in the Village Green. A reading of the Declaration of Independence will precede the band performance. The Village Green in West Branch is on the corner of Parkside Drive and Main Street.
Annotation: Three Huzzas from the Troops
Education Updates: The Declaration of Independence
Pieces of History: Dunlap's Declaration of Independence
Pieces of History: Masterpieces of Freedom: The Faulkner Murals
Pieces of History: New Online Exhibit: “Carting the Charters”
Pieces of History: Making it Official: The Day the Declaration of Independence Was Signed
Pieces of History: Annual Birthday Party for the Declaration of Independence
Pieces of History: John Adams’s vision of July 4 was July 2
Pieces of History: The Last Hands to Touch the Declaration of Independence
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 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.
July 4th at the National Archives is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation with the generous support of John Hancock, Dykema, WMATA, and Boies Schiller Flexner.