READ THE DECLARATION


THE DECLARATION

We hold these truths to be self-evident…

WELCOME TO A NEW TRADITION WITH A LONG HISTORY

You’re most likely here because you were given a pocket Constitution when you bought your Fourth of July fireworks. This page will help you create a tradition of reading The Declaration of Independence as part of your Independence Day celebrations. You’ll find Declaration reading video and audio recordings, a downloadable text, and some history about public orations of the Declaration.

READING VIDEOS

A host of celebrities including Mel Gibson, Whoopie Goldberg, and Michael Douglas perform a live reading of the Declaration in Independence Hall, Philadelphia.

Recreation of George Washington reading the Declaration of Independence.

READING AUDIOS & TEXT

NPR Annual Reading

Read and/or download.

Declaration

INDEPENDENCE PROJECT PARTNERS

Black Widow Firework

The hallmarks of Black Widow Fireworks are product quality, knowledgeable, friendly staff and a commitment to service excellence. Our ultimate goal is a fun, affordable, and safe fireworks experience for each and every one of our customers, particularly as they reflect on the founding of our Republic.</h4?

“The entire Black Widow family is grateful for the opportunity to distribute pocket constitutions to our customers during the 2017 summer season. Our republic is passed on from generation to generation, and as Thomas Jefferson famously said, ‘A well informed citizenry is the best defense against tyranny’. There can be no more noble cause than keeping our founding principles alive in the hearts of all Americans.”

-Tom and Kathy Garretson, owners of Black Widow Fireworks.

They often offer fireworks free to people who can answer Constitution trivia questions. So keep your ears peeled for their radio spots.


The Foundation for Research on Economics & the Environment and Gallatin Writers

Dedicated to liberty, ecology, and prosperity, FREE and Gallatin Writers contributed to this project because they believe that more informed and civic minded people are better able to safeguard the freedoms declared in our founding documents.

Thank you John Baden and Ramona Marotz-Baden.

Hong Kong Fireworks

A family run business that started with one stand in Kalispell and is now Montana’s largest fireworks stand operator, Hong Kong Fireworks will be giving out pocket Constitutions at most of it’s stands in the Valley.

“Everybody should read the Constitution, the Declaration, and the Bill of Rights. People need to know what their freedoms are. That’s what the Fourth of July is all about. We became a new nation.”

–Roy Rogers, founder & owner

HISTORY OF DECLARATION READINGS

Independence Day orations, including a reading of the Declarations, were once common in town squares and private get-togethers across the country.

Activists like William Lloyd Garrison and politicians like Daniel Webster and Charles Sumner, along with Native American warriors, small town dignitaries, and appointed young people, would take to a stage before parades and festivities to read the Declaration.

Readings were often accompanied by a birthday toast with glasses often raised toward Washington D.C. and prayer for the countries leaders.

These traditions helped keep people rooted in the reason for the holiday and the knowledge that they must do their part to ensure the continuation of the experiment in liberty that was the birth of the United States.