The National Park Service at Morristown National Historical Park (NHP) is proud to partner with Morris County to offer Revolutionary Times, a three-day event from July 2 to July 4. The event will open at 9:30 a.m. and go until 5:00 p.m. In honor of the July 4 holiday, Morristown NHP’s Washington’s Headquarters entrance fee is waived for all three days.
On Sun., July 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Old Barracks Fife and Drum Corps will perform on the lawn. Anyone attending is encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. The event will take place rain or shine. In the case of rain, the concert will be held inside of the Washington’s Headquarters Museum Auditorium. The Old Barracks Fife and Drum Corps will perform two 45-minute sets.
On Tues., July 4 at 10:00 a.m., a guided tour Morris County’s oldest graveyard, the Whippany Burying Yard, will be given by the Hanover Township Landmark Commission. Those who take it will learn about the founding of Hanover, Morris County’s oldest town. The tour will meet at the J&R Cigar Parking lot in Whippany. To register call 973-631-5151.
At noon, the Annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place on the Morristown Green. Costumed re-enactors will perform, along with audience participation. There will also be a musical sing-a-long with Gordon Thomas Ward and a musket salute. In the event of rain, the event will move indoors to the Presbyterian Church.
At 1:00 p.m. following the reading, the Presbyterian Church of Morristown will provide guided tours of its Sanctuary and Revolutionary-era graveyard, the burial place of over 140 Revolutionary War soldiers. The cemetery is located behind the Church. There is no fee for this tour.
For more information on all Revolutionary Times events and for a schedule of fireworks displays offered in Morris County, visit the Morris County Tourism Bureau’s website a www.morristourism.org/events/morris-county-fireworks