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National Archives Celebrates 4th of July

Declaration of Independence

Official signed copy of the Declaration of Independence, August 2, 1776; Miscellaneous Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789; Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789, Record Group 360; National Archives.

The Fife and Drum Corps perform at the National Archives’ July 4 celebration.

The Old Guard perform at the National Archives’ July 4 celebration. Photograph by Cathy Farmer

Social Media at the Fourth of July Celebration

Are you social? Join the Fourth of July conversation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more by following #ArchivesJuly4.

Twitter icon Follow our July 4th Celebration on Twitter @USNatArchives using #ArchivesJuly4

Facebook icon Join our July 4th Celebration on Facebook

Instagram buttonPost photos of our July 4th Celebration on Instagram using #ArchivesJuly4

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US National Archives YouTube Channel View videos of our previous July 4th celebrations on YouTube

US National Archives Tumblr blog Find July 4th photos and records on the US National Archives Tumblr using #ArchivesJuly4

What's a #ColonialSelfie?

Inspired by a certain celebrity group shot at the Oscars, we invite you to post a #ColonialSelfie on Twitter! While out enjoying your Fourth of July, snap a picture with a Founding Father and show us on Twitter. If you don't run into Thomas Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin, be creative; your #ColonialSelfie can be with anything that was in fashion in 1776! Don't forget to use the #ColonialSelfie hashtag, and send it to us on Twitter at @USNatArchives.

Play Instagram Bingo!

Join in the celebration by playing Instagram Bingo with the National Archives! As you're out enjoying parades, picnics, and cookouts, see if you can find nine of our Fourth of July themed scenes. Once you have nine, create a collage, and post it on Instagram with the #BINGO and #ArchivesJuly4 hashtags, and your photo will be reshared by @USNatArchives on Instagram!

Can you find these Fourth of July scenes? You don't have to be with us in Washington, DC to participate; we can't wait to see how everyone celebrates America's Birthday across the country!

Find 9 scenes, and show us your collage on Instagram:
American flag patriotic pet Uncle Sam
parade balloons Declaration of Independence town crier
parade crowds National Archives temporary tattoos parade dancers
Revolutionary War uniform marching band stars and/or stripes
color guard fire truck red, white, and/or blue
fife and drums military on parade patriotic picnics
Thomas Jefferson kids on parade parade transportation (like motorcycles, vintage cars, horses, bikes)
red wagon it's hot- hydrate! fireworks

A separate app must be downloaded to create a nine photo collage, and there are several apps available (most are free) in smartphone app stores. If you are an iPhone user, you can try PicStitch, YourMoments, and Pic Collage. Android users can also find PicStitch, InstaFrame Maker, and Pic Collage on Google Play. If you have a Windows phone, PicStitch or Cool Collage can be used.

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