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- See also: Style and language of the Declaration
- View videos of previous July 4 celebrations on YouTube
- Find photos and records on the US National Archives Tumblr
Fourth of July 2015 Celebration
Join us Saturday, July 4, as we celebrate our nation's birthday!
#ArchivesJuly4—Celebrate With Us
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July 4th at the National Archives is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation with the generous support of Signature Sponsor John Hancock. Major support provided by The Coca-Cola Company and Dykema.
Celebrate Independence Day at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.
This fun-for-all-ages program is free! No tickets are needed. The event is outside, and the audience sits on the steps of the building, facing Constitution Avenue.
|8–9:30 a.m.||Sign a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence, find a good seat on the steps, share your #ISignedTheDeclaration on social media!|
|9-9:45 a.m.||Watch live performances on the Constitution Avenue stage|
|10-11 a.m.||Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony|
*Continental Color Guard and Fife and Drum Corps provided by U.S. 3rd Infantry, the Old Guard
|11 a.m.-4 p.m.||Inside the National Archives Building|
|11-11:30 a.m.||Watch live performances on the Constitution Avenue stage.|
|11:45 a.m.||Watch the parade go by outside the National Archives.|
All exhibits, including the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, which houses the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on July 4.
If youíre joining us on the National Mall, donít forget to share your Independence Day experience with us on social media!
All 13 of our Presidential libraries and museums are open on the 4th of July.
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, West Branch, IA
An Eastern Iowa Brass Band Concert at the West Branch High School will feature museum docent Richard Paulus as Samuel Adams reading the Declaration of Independence. This event is at 2 p.m.
Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, Austin, TX
The Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum will offer free admission all day.
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum will participate in a city-wide celebration. The museum opens its grounds and allows visitors to watch the city fireworks. Admission fees still apply when visiting the museum.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Simi Valley, CA
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is hosting a day full of family-fun activities. This yearís celebration will include the Los Angeles Police Concert band, performing our favorite patriotic tunes. There will be family entertainment, games, crafts, and more. Mingle with our Presidential and First Lady look-alikes.
All outdoor activities are free; admission rates apply to view the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum, Air Force One Pavilion, and the libraryís special exhibit, “Football! The Exhibition.”
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, College Station, TX
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will once again host the annual “I Love America! 4th of July Celebration” in partnership with the College Station Noon Lions Club and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra.The museum will open at 9:30 a.m. with free admission all day and will extend its hours to 8:15 p.m. The outside activities will begin with a flag-raising ceremony at 5 p.m. The Kids Zone will be open from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A musical program begins at 6 p.m. After a dusk hot air balloon glow, enjoy fireworks accompanied by the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. For questions or more information, visit Bush41.org or call 979-691-4014.