Tuesday, July 5, 2011
On that day, the Liberty Bell rang out, summoning Philadelphians to the State House where Colonel John Nixon read the decree publicly for the first time.
In celebration of that day, the National Park Service will hold a public reading of the Declaration of Independence on Friday, July 8, on the Walnut Street Side of Independence Hall from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The sounds of the Liberty Bell will begin the ceremony.
National Park Service rangers will be giving out free copies of the Declaration of Independence to those in attendance. Following the event, both uniformed and costumed park rangers will be available for interviews and photographs.
In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors to Congress Hall, located directly next door where seating will be limited to 150. An American Sign Language interpreter will be interpreting the event for the hearing impaired.
Note: due to the current renovations of the Independence Hall Tower this year, the bell that chimes will be virtual and the event will be held outside the security zone.
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