Declaration Reading, Patriotic Events Planned In Morristown For July 4

For the sixth year in a row, Morris County visitors and residents will have the opportunity to enjoy an authentically patriotic Fourth of July just the way the founding fathers might have imagined it. Celebrate the country’s independence by participating in the festivities on the Morristown Green. The reading will take place at noon on Wednesday, July 4. The event is free to the public and appropriate for all ages.
Morristown National Historical Park, the nation’s first historical park, is a major sponsor of the event, along with the Morris County Tourism Bureau. The park will welcome visitors on July 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.
On Wednesday, July 4, at 10 a.m., The Hanover Township Landmark Commission will give a free “Living” tour of its 1718 Burying Yard located on Route 10 East, Whippany. This one-hour tour will highlight the earliest settlers of Morris County. Pre-register by calling 973-631-5151 or signing up at
At 11:30 a.m., beginning at the Ford Mansion, fall in with costumed Revolutionary War soldiers and march to the Morristown Green for the reading. Also at 11:30 a.m., Gordon Thomas Ward will be at the Morristown Green leading a patriotic sing-a-long to welcome the marchers.
At noon at the Morristown Green, Park Place, costumed interpreters will read the Declaration of Independence, an annual Morris County tradition. Audience participation is encouraged. There will be music and musket salute, followed by free guided walking tours of the Presbyterian Church’s Colonial-era graveyard, est. 1733. In case of rain, the reading of the Declaration will move indoors to the Methodist Church, 50 South Park Place, Morristown.
The Morris County Historical Society will meet at Acorn Hall for a hike along Patriots’ Path to the archaeological site of New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Powder Mill along the Whippany River. Participants will learn about the history of the Powder Mill, the significant role it played locally during the Revolutionary War, and plans for its future. Two tours are scheduled, for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., starting at Acorn Hall.
For more information about all the July 4 holiday happenings, contact the Morris County Tourism Bureau at or call 973-631-5151.
Revolutionary Times 2018 is being sponsored by Normandy Real Estate Partners, Jeanne and Joe Goryeb, the NJM Insurance Group, the Washington Association of New Jersey and Morristown National Historical Park.

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