for the Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony, a dramatic reading of the document by reenactors portraying historical characters, including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Abigail Adams, John Hancock, and others. citizens will participate in their naturalization ceremony, an appropriate event for the day.
The National Independence Day Parade begins at a.m., featuring fife and drum corps, military servicemen and women, floats, VIP’s, equestrian, drill teams, and giant balloons. There will be military reenactments, drills, a concert, a “Happy Birthday America” cake, and unique made-for-daytime fireworks over the Potomac at 1 p.m.
On Sunday at noon, The Singing Capital Chorus will perform.
Taste American Heritage Chocolate near the National Archives store from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. On the Fourth, head for the steps at Constitution Avenue at 10 a.m.
The finale, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, ends with real cannon fire and church bells ringing throughout the city.
After the concert, around p.m., the fireworks show begins, launched from seven barges in the middle of the Charles River.
John Adams, credited with suggesting “bells, bonfires, and illuminations,” for the event, would undoubtedly be thrilled and impressed with today’s pyrotechnic shows.