Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence
For the seventh year in a row, Morris County visitors and residents will have the opportunity to enjoy an authentically patriotic 4th of July just the way the Founding Fathers might have imagined it. Celebrate the country’s independence by participating in the festivities in and around the Morristown Green. All the events listed below are free to the public and appropriate for all ages.
Morristown National Historical Park, the nation’s first historical park, is a co-sponsor of the event, along with the Morris County Tourism Bureau. The park will welcome visitors on July 4th from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
On July 4th at 10:00 am, The Hanover Township Landmark Commission will give a free tour of its 1718 Burying Yard located on Route 10 East, Whippany. This one-hour tour will highlight the earliest settlers of Morris County. Please pre-register by calling 973-631-5151 or signing up at email@example.com.
At 11:15 am, beginning at the Ford Mansion, fall in with costumed Revolutionary War soldiers and march to the Morristown Green for the reading. Also, at 11:30 am, the Loose Canons, a singing group, will be at the Morristown Green performing a wide selection of music.
At noon at the Morristown Green, costumed interpreters will read the Declaration of Independence, an annual Morris County tradition. Audience participation is encouraged. There will be a musket salute, followed by free guided walking tours of the Presbyterian Church’s newly restored sanctuary and its Colonial-era graveyard, est. 1733. In case of rain, the reading of the Declaration will move indoors to the Presbyterian Church on the Green, 57 East Park Place.
Join the Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall for a hike along Patriots’ Path to the archaeological site of New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Powder Mill along the Whippany River. Learn about the history of the Powder Mill, the significant role it played locally during the Revolutionary War, and plans for its future. Tours are scheduled, for 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, starting at Acorn Hall, 68 Lafayette Avenue, Morristown.
At 1:30 pm there will be an organ music concert with Josh Stafford at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on South Street at Miller Road in the sanctuary.
For more information about all the Morris County holiday happenings and fireworks displays, contact the Morris County Tourism Bureau at morristourism.org or call 973-631-5151.
MCTB wishes to thank their generous sponsors: Normandy Partners, Washington Association of New Jersey, Morristown Medical Center-Atlantic Health System, New Jersey Natural Gas, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Goryeb, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Schaenen, and media sponsor NJ.com
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For the seventh year in a row, Morris County visitors and residents will have the opportunity to enjoy an authentically patriotic 4th of July just the way the Founding Fathers might have imagined it. Celebrate the country’s independence by participating in the festivities in and around the Morristown Green. All the events listed below are ...Park Place Morristown, NJ 07960
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