Independence Day is approaching, and that often means barbecues or beach parties – but if you’re looking for something a little more patriotic to do to capture the 4th of July spirit, I’ve got some suggestions for you. you.
Independence Day is a celebration of the historic vote of the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 to approve the Declaration of Independence. That vote took place in what we now call Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where the US Constitution was also debated and passed a few years later.
However, when we reflect on America’s independence, we must also remember Massachusetts, the battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, and the “heard shot ‘around the world’ that started the war. of American independence.
Minute Man National Historic Park covers approximately 970 acres in Lexington, Concord and Lincoln and includes Concord’s North Bridge, where the first shots of the Revolution were fired.
The five-mile Battle Road Trail is a wide, flat dirt road connecting Lexington and Concord and is a great hike showcasing historic structures, nature, and wildlife. The best part is that it is pet friendly. Dogs are welcome.
The Declaration of Independence will be read aloud at North Bridge at 2 p.m. on July 4. After the reading, re-enactors representing the 10th Massachusetts Regiment will fire three musket rounds in honor of American independence.
Another great option is Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, Massachusetts. The park contains the preserved home of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, the birthplaces of both presidents, the first presidential library, and the church where John and John Quincy Adams and their wives are buried.
The Adams Family Homes and Church are generally open for tours, but you can check the website before you go.
A number of events and re-enactments are planned for Adams National Historical Park on July 4, including a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1:30 p.m.
All of the events listed above, with the possible exception of Adams Family home visits, are free and open to the public.
These are great opportunities to celebrate a patriotic Independence Day with the family before heading home for the 4th of July fireworks display.
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