This online experience is presented by the National Archives Foundation

Join us for the first-ever National Archives virtual celebration of July 4th! With a host of online programming, educational opportunities, and a special presentation of the traditional reading ceremony, this Independence Day will be as patriotic as ever. Stay tuned for more details on our programming and how to log on for the day of celebration!

11 a.m.
Welcome remarks from the Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero.

11:05—11:35 a.m.
Thomas Jefferson will discuss the Declaration of Independence, followed by a Q&A with National Archives Foundation Executive Director Patrick Madden.

11:35—11:45 a.m.
Quill making activity with the National Archives. The Education team at the National Archives will discuss the museum, the Charters of Freedom, the Rotunda and more.

12—12:30 p.m.
Abigail Adams discusses her experiences during the Revolution and the important role women played during the founding of the nation, followed by Q&A with National Archives Foundation Executive Director Patrick Madden.

12:30—1 p.m.
Windsock making activity with the National Archives. The Education team at the National Archives will discuss patriotic symbols and the American Revolution.

1—1:30 p.m.
John Dunlap discusses the printing of his famous copies of the Declaration now known as the Dunlap Broadside, followed by a Q&A with National Archives Foundation Executive Director Patrick Madden.

1:30—2 p.m.
DocsTeach Comparison Activity between the Dunlap Broadside and the original Declaration of Independence. The Education team at the National Archives discusses the various copies of the Declaration on view at the Archives.

2 p.m.
Closing remarks from the Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero.

4 p.m.
The official National Archives celebration video released. Be the first to catch the new production of the traditional reading ceremony.