Frequently Asked Questions
Have a safe and fun July 4!What time does July 4th at the National Archives begin?
The National Archives’ Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony begins at 10 AM. However, there are fun activities all day, starting at 8 AM. Click here to see the full schedule of activities.
Do I need tickets to attend?
All July 4 activities at the National Archives, as well as the Museum itself, are free and open to the public, no tickets required.
How do I get to the National Archives?
The Archives is centrally located in downtown Washington, DC, on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. The closest Metro stop is Archives/Navy Memorial, on the green and yellow lines. There are also several parking lots, garages, and on-street parking available in the area. Click here to see more information on transportation.
Is the Archives wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the Museum is fully ADA compliant, and the festivities outside are accessible from the sidewalk and street in front of the National Archives Building.
Will I have to go through security?
Yes, since the National Archives is a government building, all visitors need to go through security when they enter the Museum.
May I take pictures or video?
You may take photos and video of the festivities outside the Museum - and we encourage you to share them online with #ArchivesJuly4! However, photography is not allowed inside the Museum for the preservation of the records.
Will the Archives shop be open on July 4?
Yes! The National Archives Store will be open inside the Museum from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. There will also be a pop-up shop located outside on Constitution Avenue.
What can I see at the National Archives Museum?
In addition to the Charters of Freedom - the original Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights - the National Archives has several exhibition spaces exploring American history, including Records of Rights, the Public Vaults, and our current special exhibition, Rightfully Hers, open in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery through January 3, 2021.
What time does the Independence Day Parade start?
The National Independence Day Parade begins at 11:45 AM in front of the National Archives. However, there are fun activities all day at the National Archives, starting at 8 AM. Click here to see the full schedule of activities.