8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Join The United States Air Force Band for a special July 4th concert featuring Broadway star Cady Huffman and West Wing actress and veteran advocate, Melissa Fitzgerald! Stay at the Air Force Memorial after our concert to view the fireworks display over the National Mall! The 17-minute display will be held on Sunday, July 4, starting at 9:09 p.m. and will be launched from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.
This concert is FREE and open to the public, no tickets required! The performance will also be livestreamed if you are unable to attend in person.
The live program on the North Andover Common will include local leaders and friends reading the Declaration of Independence. This year we will also read segments of several historic speeches and documents including the Frederick Douglass speech The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro, words from Abraham Lincoln, the Susan B. Anthony speech On Women’s Right to Suffrage, a Frances Harper speech entitled Woman's Political Future, Martin Luther King’s speech I Have a Dream and President Johnsons speech to Congress on Voting Rights and the American Promise.
The event will be held on July 4 starting at noon on the North Andover town Common.
The town is hosting a pancake breakfast, horrible parade and celebration at the Robb Center, 30 Whittier Court
Pancake Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Horribles Parade, 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. (congregate in front of the town offices at 36 Bartlet Street at 10:15 a.m.)
July Fourth Celebration and Program, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Gazebo
Join us for a communal reading of Frederick Douglass' famed speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" — WITH COSTUMED CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS & FACILITATED DISCUSSION
SUNDAY JULY 4TH • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM • THE ROBBINS HOUSE
Declaration of Independence - US National Archives
The original Declaration of Independence is on display in the Rotunda of the National Archives. In this Inside the Vaults video short, supervisory conservator Catherine Nicholson discusses the conservation treatment and re-encasement of the document.
Frederick Douglass: The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro - US National Archives
In a July 5, 1852, speech to a group of abolitionists, Frederick Douglass reminded them that for slaves and former slaves, the Declaration of Independence represented the unfulfilled promise of liberty for all. Phil Darius Wallace will give a dramatic reading of excerpts from the speech, followed by a discussion with Nathan Johnson, Supervisory Park Ranger at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, and Robert S. Levine, author of The Lives of Frederick Douglass.
Looking at the life of Jonas Phillips, a religious Jew in colonial America, this video lecture by noted scholar and Rabbi Meir Soleveichik highlights the challenges faced by Jews of the time and considers Phillips fight for acceptance and freedom and equality of religious practice. It considers his interactions with colonial leaders and the legacy he left for the entire nation.
In the first of a three-part series, Lucy Worsley explores how American history has been mythologized and manipulated by generations of politicians, writers, and protesters. This episode examines the American Revolution—a David-and-Goliath battle of men with high ideals taking on the might of the British Empire. But how much of America's founding story is based on fact?
Did you know that during the American Revolutionary War some American women disguised themselves as men in order to join the fight? Women played a critical role both on the homefront and on the battlefield.
Spanish General Bernardo de Galvez played a crucial role in the American Revolutionary War, assisting the American colonies in gaining independence from the English. His contributions in organizing attacks and supplying necessities to the American troops provided assistance that is remembered today. Galvez remains an integral part of Spanish American history and has been granted honorary American citizenship by Congress.
Most of East and West Florida remained loyalist during the American Revolution. Those who supported the war against the British found support from Spain. Bernardo de Galvez gathered and funded a navy that fought against the British. Distributed by PBS Distribution.