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Community Reading of the Declaration of Independence

This year our national holiday occurs on Thursday, July 4, 2024. Join fellow citizens at 9:00 A.M. on the grounds of the Portsmouth Free Public Library to read aloud portions of our

nation’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence, adopted unanimously by a fledgling Congress 248 years ago on July 4, 1776. Copies will be available or bring your own. We

welcome families--children are encouraged to read a passage. In case of rain we will meet inside the library in the Mello Program Room.  Last year we learned about William Ellery, one of two representatives from Rhode Island who signed the document. This year we will speak of John Hancock whose bold signature may be the best-known signature in our nation’s history.

Please provide your own chair or blanket and dress for the weather. Some participants like to wear red, white and blue for the occasion. By about 9:30, you will be on your way to parades and cookouts and other celebrations of the day.

For information e-mail: AnneBWagner@cox.net.

Room Reservation: 
Thursday, July 04
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9:00am - 10:00am
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Contact Name: 
Carolyn Magnus
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