It’s almost the 4th of July. We love picnics, fireworks, parades…and the tradition of reading aloud from the Declaration of Independence. I had to memorize the Declaration of Independence for Mrs. Castigilione’s fifth grade social studies class and I’ll never forget how hard it was to get through those ringing phrases about all men being created equal without bursting into tears (though eventually I did get an A+). It’s one of the all-time greatest pieces of oratory, and it still gives me goosebumps. In fact, I love it so much, I even dressed up as the Declaration for Halloween many years ago. (See below!)
This 4th of July there are more opportunities than ever to hear the Declaration of Independence being read aloud. To attend in person, come to the Oval at 11:30 on the 4th itself, where the Library’s own ESL tutor Peter Berkowsky will be reciting the Declaration either at the Gazebo or, in case of rain, at the high school auditorium. The reading will be preceded by a brief historical talk, and there will be time for Q&A at the conclusion. Residents of all ages are encouraged to attend.
If you’re out of town, try the Morning Edition on NPR to hear hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading it on the air. Or just tune in whenever you get the urge to one of the many wonderful read-alouds online, like this one.
But whichever version you choose, have a Happy Independence Day!
~Amy Babcock Landry, Director