Fourth of July in the National Archives


Published: July 3, 2019 by Katie Kuryla

The National Archives celebrates the 242nd anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence with special events in Washington, DC, and at Presidential Libraries nationwide.

For those of you in Washington, DC this July 4, stop by Constitution Avenue at 10 a.m. for a Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony, then head inside for family activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also join the National Archives for celebrations at the Presidential Libraries around the nation, or join the Washington festivities through Facebook Live, which will broadcast the events live. Watch last year’s celebration for a taste of the festivities.

Learn more and find a celebration near you on the National Archives’ July 4 Celebration events page. Wherever you are on July 4th, share your celebrations on social media using the hashtag #ArchivesJuly4.

The Archivist of the United States has posted our founding documents. He encourages all of us to take time during our Independence Day celebrations to read the documents and to pause and remember the difficult choices our nation’s Founders made and the meaning of the documents today.

  • Engrossed Declaration of Independence
  • Constitution of the United States
  • Bill of Rights
  • Film of the transfer of the Charters of Freedom from the Library of Congress to NARA
  • Public Resolution directing the distribution of certain copies of the Declaration of Independence
  • Papers of the Continental Congress

Happy Independence Day!


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