MORRISTOWN, NJ - History came alive this July 4, as costumed interpreters celebrated America's past during the 7th Annual Revolutionary Times in Morristown. Residents and community members were invited to celebrate the country's independence with authentic celebrations in and around Morristown. Events included a tour of a 1718 burying yard, a march by Revolutionary War soldiers, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a walking tour of a colonial-era graveyard and a hike along the Whippany River.
Colonial soldiers from the 2 nd NJ unit led the march from the Ford Mansion to the Morristown Green. The 2 nd NJ are men and women who volunteer their time to accurately represent the Revolutionary War time period. These men and women enjoy visiting various Revolutionary War sites and reenacting life as a soldier.
“The soldiers had two uniforms; summer linen and winter wool.” said Thomas Santucci. Santucci has been a member of the 2 nd NJ since he was 5 years old. He used to go with his dad to different Revolutionary War sites.
As stated in the Declaration of Independence, Tom Winslow of the Morristown National Historical Park read, “We hold these truths to be self- evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty also spoke to the crowd today, acknowledging the founding fathers and then urging people to vote.
"George Washington said along time ago about our form of government and our democracy. There's are a few things we need to watch out for", said Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty. "Foreign governments meddling in our democracy. Extreme debt and intense partisanship. But all those things together and what do we got? We got what's going on today".
"Our democracy, our nation, clearly is the envy of so many in this world", continued Dougherty. "But its something that we have to hold dear."