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July 4th at the National Archives

Day-of Celebration

We’re back! 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.

Can’t make it to DC for the party? Join the National Archives online as we livestream the reading ceremony on Facebook and Youtube.

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Come early and get your seat for the Reading of the Declaration of Independence! The Experience Band and Show will be getting the party started with their live musical performance!
Our emcee Allison Seymour, Morning News Anchor WUSA9, kicks off our celebration. The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard, and the Continental Color Guard will present the colors, followed by the fife and drum corps who will set the stage for our reading ceremony. The Reading Declaration of Independence will be read by our Founding Fathers and Mothers 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 the Founding Mothers and Fathers, 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 the National Archives portico & steps to see the National Independence Day Parade!