On July 4th, The Stamford History Center is planning our third LIVE Annual Independence Day Reading on the steps of the Hoyt-Barnum House, Stamford’s oldest dwelling, in recognition of the importance of this day in United States history! Who doesn’t want to head outside 11 a.m. pre-festivities and kick off the celebration early with a dose of history? The program features the reading of the Declaration of Independence and the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner by a surprise guest TBD.
We are shaking it up this year: We are including readings from other documents reflecting multiple voices seeking justice and equality for all peoples. These readings include excerpts from the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments, signed at the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention in 1848, and the famous 1852 speech given by Frederick Douglass “What, To the Slave, Is the Fourth of July?” We hope you will come celebrate with us at the Stamford History Center 1508 High Ridge Road on July 4th at 11 am for this observance of our struggle for freedom and equality!