Freedom Week 2014
Re-enactment of the First Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence
Date: July 8
Share in the excitement as park staff commemorates the 238th anniversary of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence with a re-enactment of the event. On July 8, 1776 Colonel John Nixon strode to a platform in the State House Yard (now Independence Square) and shared the stunning news of independence with the crowd. Free copies of the Declaration will be given out to all visitors (1 hour).
Did You Know?
Dolley Todd had to write a letter to the orphan court to keep her son when, her first husband John died of Yellow Fever in 1793. In 1794, she married Congressman James Madison.