Event Details

  • 07/04/2013

    Declaration of Independence
    Location: Adams Carriage House at 135 Adams Street, Quincy, MA | Map Time: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Karen Yourell Contact Phone Number: 617-773-1177
Independence Forever: The Continental Congress  1:00 PM TO 2:30 PM
Pledge your Life, Fortune, and Sacred Honor! 
Adams National Historical Park

1870 Adams Carriage House at 135 Adams Street, Quincy, MA

Become a delegate to the Second Continental Congress and reenact the passage of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th in the Adams Carriage House. Join the "band of brothers" who changed the course of history in 1776 and sign the historic document. This interactive and engaging event is an invitation to adults and children to take part in the momentous occasion that John Adams recalled as the "great anniversary festival" that will be celebrated by "bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.

Life, Liberty...

The Reading of the Declaration of Independence 

2:30 PM to 3:00 PM 
Join the delegates to the Continental Congress, celebrate liberty and  lend your voice to the ceremonial reading of the Declaration of Independence!

... and The Pursuit of Happiness!   
Traditional colonial games, crafts, fun family activities, and refreshments!
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play
By Howard Ginsberg
A Revolutionary Dialog

4:00PM - 6:00PM
Under the tent at the Beale House at 181 Adams Street, Quincy, MA

Witness a compelling dramatization of the extraordinary friendship  between two American Presidents, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, and Adams' "dearest friend" Abigail.   Acclaimed Colonial Williamsburg reenactors Bill Barker and Abigail Schumann and veteran actor Sam Goodyear return to Peace field to bring to life the fifty-year friendship - often contentious, sometimes turbulent, and ultimately enduring - of this dynamic trio who hold forth on life, love, and loss in their now-famous correspondence.  This critically-acclaimed play, written by Howard Ginsberg, illuminates the lives and times of three indomitable characters who clashed over foreign entanglements, domestic politics, and the role of government in the lives of ordinary citizens - debates that continue to this day.  

Limited street parking is available on Adams Street.


Abigail Schumann, Sam Goodyear, Bill Barker
Photo by, Mike Tamulis


All programs are free and street parking is available.


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