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All you need to know to plan your weekend!

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.

Friday, July 1st

12 PM
Live musical performance by PanLara Youth Steel Orchestra on the National Archives steps on Constitution Avenue NW

2 - 5 PM
#ArchivesJuly4 Transcribe-a-thon in the National Archives Innovation Hub and online. Register now!

Saturday, July 2nd

12 PM
Live musical performance by DC Legendary Musicians on the National Archives steps on Constitution Avenue NW

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

8 - 9:30 AM
Sign a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence - or click here to sign now!

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

10:00 AM
Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony, including:
  • Greetings from Allison Seymour, Fox 5 News Anchor
  • 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, and Ned Hector

*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

Monday, 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

10 AM - 5:00 PM 
Taste American Heritage® Chocolate near the National Archives Store

11 AM - 4:00 PM 
Participate in hands-on activities for all ages in the Boeing Learning Center and meet Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, Abigail Adams, and other historical figures


*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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