MORRISTOWN, NJ - Celebrate the Fourth of July the way the Founding Fathers might have imagined it; with the reading of the Declaration of Independence, muskets and music.
On Sunday July 2, two free concerts will take place at Washington's Headquarters. At 1pm and 3pm, on the lawn behind the Ford Mansion, enjoy a performance by the Old Barracks Fife and Drum Corps. Concert goers should bring blankets or chairs.
The reading of the Declaration of Independence, which has become an annual tradition, will take place on Tuesday July 4 at 12noon on the Morristown Green. The reading will be done by costumed National Park Service volunteers followed by music, a musket salute and free historical walking tours. The walking tours will include the Presbyterian Church's sanctuary and Colonial-era graveyard (circa 1733). Prior to the reading, the Hanover Township Landmark Commission will give a free tour of the 1718 Burying Yard, located at Route 10 East in Whippany. The one hour tour highlights the early settlers of Morris County.
The National Park will be free on July 2, 3 and 4 in honor of the holiday. The park’s hours are 9:30 am to 5 pm each day.