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Join us for a truly unique experience and celebration on the steps of the National Archives. Want to see what the celebration is all about? Check out our 2018 celebrations here!


8 AM - 9:30 AM 
July 4th T-Shirts and American flags handed out to the first 1,000 guests

10 AM - 11:05 AM 
Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony, including:

  • Greetings from Allison Seymour, Fox 5 News Anchor
  • Presentation of colors by the Continental Color Guard*
  • National Anthem by Crystal Mosser
  • Performance by the 3rd U.S. Infantry “The Old Guard” Fife and Drum Corps*
  • Remarks by David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States 
  • Keynote speech by Cokie Roberts - Author and Journalist
  • Dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence by reenactors portraying historical characters, including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Abigail Adams, John Dunlap, John Hancock, and Ned Hector
  • Performance of "America the Beautiful" by Caleb Green

11:10 AM - 11:40 AM 
Live musical performance by The Experience Band & Show

11:45 AM 
National Independence Day Parade on Constitution Avenue

Other Activities

12 PM - 4 PM
Family Day Activities in the Boeing Learning Center including creating colonial-style wigs, Decaring Indpendence scavenger hunt, signing the Declaration of Independence and more!

National Archives Store Tent

Don't miss your chance to grab some patriotic gear from our exclusive collection! The National Archives Store will have a tent on the front lawn the following days:

  • July 3: 11 AM - 4:30 PM
  • July 4: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • July 5: 10:30 AM - 3 PM

Can't make it to the tent? Shop online!

HeadCount at the National Archives

Independence Day celebrates more than our Founding Fathers and the birth of a nation. It celebrates democracy and because voting is such an important part of democracy, HeadCount wants to help you participate! From 8:30am through 5:30pm, HeadCount will be located in the National Archives Store tent to help guests register to vote. Learn more.

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!