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All you need to know to plan your celebration!

The National Archives Museum, where you can see the original Declaration of Independence, is open every day, including July 4, from 10 AM until 5:30 PM.


Thursday, June 29th

6 PM
As part of the National Archives Foundation's History Happy Hour series, we've partnered with the Tasting Panel Magazine to present Global Spirits: American Cocktails.

Friday, June 30th

12 PM
Live musical performance on the National Archives steps on Constitution Avenue NW


Saturday, July 1st

10 AM - 4:00 PM 
Taste American Heritage® Chocolate near the National Archives Store

1 PM
Live musical performance by Batala Washington on the National Archives steps on Constitution Avenue NW

Sunday, July 2nd

10 AM - 4:00 PM 
Taste American Heritage® Chocolate near the National Archives Store

12 PM
Live musical performance on the National Archives steps on Constitution Avenue NW


Monday, July 3rd


1 PM
Frederick Douglass: “The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro”

5 PM
Live performance by GottaSwing on the National Archives steps on Constitution Avenue NW


Tuesday, July 4th: On the National Archives steps on Constitution Avenue NW

9 - 9:45 AM 
Live musical performance by Brass Connection

10:00 AM
Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony, including:
  • Presentation of colors by the Continental Color Guard*
  • Performance of the National Anthem by Caleb Green
  • Performance by the Fife and Drum Corps*
  • Remarks by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero
  • Dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence by special guests including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Dunlap, John Hancock, Ned Hector, and George Washington
  • Performance of "America the Beautiful" by Caleb Green

*Continental Color Guard and Fife and Drum Corps provided by U.S. 3rd Infantry, the Old Guard.

11 - 11:45 AM 
Live musical performance by Brass Connection

11:45 AM
National Independence Day Parade

Tuesday, July 4th: Inside the National Archives Museum

10 AM - 5:30 PM 
Explore the National Archives Museum and view the original Declaration of Independence in the Rotunda

11 AM - 4:00 PM 
Participate in hands-on activities for all ages in the Boeing Learning Center and meet Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Dunlap, John Hancock, Ned Hector, and George Washington. 
Sign a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence - or click here to sign now!


*Members: Don’t forget - your membership card guarantees you priority access to the National Archives Museum all day, every day! Not yet a member? Join today!

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