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July 4th at the National Archives

Day-of Celebration

Join the National Archives on Constitution Avenue in celebration of July 4th! We’re celebrating America’s birthday on the steps of the National Archives with re-enactors, family fun, and the iconic Declaration of Independence reading ceremony.
Come early and get your seat for the Reading of the Declaration of Independence, and enjoy live music until the celebration begins.
Allison Seymour with WUSA9 will kick off our celebration, and the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard, and the Continental Color Guard will present the colors. The Fife and Drum Corps will join the fun to help set the stage for our reading ceremony. The Declaration of Independence will then be read from the steps of its home at the National Archives.
Come into the National Archives Museum to see the Charters of Freedom and join in family-fun activities! You can meet historical figures, design your own buttons, go on a scavenger hunt, help us design the National Archives Building, and sign the Declaration of Independence yourself!
Make your way to Make your way to the National Archives portico & steps to see the National Independence Day Parade!

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Can’t make it to DC for the party? Join the National Archives online for the "The Road to the Declaration" chronicling the early Years of Colonial Opposition to British Rule. Then join us on July 4th as we livestream the reading ceremony on Facebook and Youtube from the steps of the National Archives. National Archives portico & steps to see the National Independence Day Parade!