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July 4th at the National Archives

In-Person Events

We're back! Join the National Archives at our in-person celebration of July 4th! We'll be hosting a party on Constitution Avenue and on the steps of the National Archives complete with re-enactors, family-fun activities, and more! Details are below:

Greetings from George and Martha Washington, Crafts, Shopping, and More!

9:00 a.m. ET

George and Martha Washington will greet you as you arrive for the July 4th celebration! Constitution Avenue will be closed so that you have plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the celebration.

We’ll kick off the day by inviting you to sign the Declaration of Independence - no need to bring your own pen, we’ll be giving them away! We’ve also got grab and go crafts for kids with coloring pages, patriotic necklaces, bracelets, visors, and crayons. Two balloon artists and a chalk artist will be decorating the street in red, white, and blue.

Plus, the National Archives store tent will be open for shopping, so you can get decked out in stars and stripes, or get your very own copy of the Declaration!

Starting at 10:00am, take your July 4th celebration to new heights as our Uncle Sam Stiltwalker takes a stroll down Constitution Avenue.

11:00 a.m. ET

Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin arrive at the party. They’ll be walking down Constitution Avenue, so when you see them, ask about their time in the Continental Congress and the writing of the Declaration of Independence!

Live Music from Batala Washington and Brass Connections!

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. ET

Feel the patriotic beat with percussion band Batala Washington as they perform on the steps of the National Archives Museum.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET

Dance along to a true local favorite with Brass Connections on the steps of the National Archives Museum.

4:00 p.m. ET

In-person celebration concludes.