Independence Day at the National Archives
People all over the country share the holiday on social media using the hashtag #ArchivesJuly4.
The National Archives marks the 244th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence with its traditional Fourth of July program in a far less traditional manner—online! Highlights include welcoming remarks by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, a variety of educational and family-friendly interactive programs with historical figures and current educators, and a lively, patriotic reading ceremony emceed by journalist Soledad O’Brien. All July 4th activities are free and open to the public, but registration is required. The full schedule can be found at www.archivesjuly4.org/
July 4th at the National Archives is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation with the generous support of John Hancock and AARP.
Family Activities and Downloads
- Craft Activities
- Cooking Activities
- Coloring/Activity Book
- Faulkner Mural Coloring Page
- Printable Declaration of Independence
Read the actual words written by our nation's founders on Founders Online.
- Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, March 31, 1776
- Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776
- Letter from George Washington to John Hancock, July 3, 1776
- Thomas Jefferson's notes on macaroni (1789)
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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.