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Abilene, Kan. - You can join in the July 4 Celebration at the National Archives in Washington, DC. The Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony will be shown from 10 - 11 a.m. in the Visitors Center Auditorium of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, 200 SE 4th Street, Abilene. The first 100 attendees will receive a free souvenir fan.

The video, shown via National Archives YouTube Channel, will include the following:

  • Greetings: Allison Seymour, Fox 5 News Anchor
  • Presentation of colors by the 3rd U.S. Infantry Continental Color Guard
  • National Anthem sung by Crystal Mosser
  • Performance by the 3rd U.S. Infantry "The Old Guard" Fife and Drum Corps
  • Remarks: David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States
  • Keynote speech: Cokie Roberts, journalist and author
  • Dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence by costumed interpreters portraying historical characters Abigail Adams, John Adams, John Dunlap, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Ned Hector, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington 
  • "America the Beautiful" sung by Caleb Green

People all over the country can share the celebration on social media using the hashtag #ArchivesJuly4.

The Eisenhower Presidential Library campus will be open from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Active duty military receive free admission. The museum exhibits are still under renovation and expected to open the last week of July. Temporary exhibits are on display in the library building. For more information, please visit www.eisenhowerlibrary.gov/visit-us.

About the Eisenhower Presidential Library

The Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, a nonpartisan federal institution, is part of the Presidential Libraries network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. We preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire. Public programs and exhibits at the Eisenhower Presidential Library are made possible through the generous support of the Eisenhower Foundation. To learn more, please visit eisenhowerfoundation.net.