Frequently Asked Questions
Have a safe and fun July 4!
What time does July 4th with the National Archives begin?
The National Archives’ in-person celebration will begin at 9 a.m. and our virtual celebration will begin 11 a.m. with opening remarks from the Archivist of the United States. Following that, there are fun virtual activities and the online broadcast of the traditional reading ceremony. Click here to see the full schedule of activities. Click here to see the full schedule of activities.
Do I need register in order to attend?
All July 4 activities are free, available online to the public. Registration for the virtual education programs is required to participate in the virtual interactive portions of the activities with the historical reenactors. Registration for the on-site celebration at the Archives is strongly encouraged. We also encourage you to sign up to receive a reminder from us to tune in for the 4 p.m. virtual reading ceremony - sign up here.
Where can I find updates on programming?
Make sure you follow the National Archives on Facebook (@USNationalArchives) and Twitter (@USNatArchives) for important updates. Bookmark this page for any schedule changes and information on how to log on.
How can I engage with the National Archives during the celebration?
We encourage you to join our programming for the day or share your special July 4 celebrations using #ArchivesJuly4 to show off your patriotic pride!
What about the National Archives Store tent?
While the museum is only open in a limited capacity on weekends, our shop is open online! Gear up for the holiday in red, white and blue today and shop our historical collections!
Note: In the event of inclement weather, all outdoor activities will be canceled.