The Declaration of Independence was written and signed on July 4, 1776.
But, did you know it was not read aloud to the public until four days later?
On July the 8th, at the State House in Philadelphia, and later that day in Easton, Pennsylvania, and Trenton, New Jersey, the public first heard the words of The Declaration of Independence read to them.
It was these public readings which constituted America’s first celebrations of the Fourth of July.
In Charleston, South Carolina, on Monday, August 5, 1776, The Declaration of Independence was read in the presence of the people of the town, young and old, of both sexes, who assembled round the “Liberty Tree” which once stood within the Square now bounded by Charlotte, Washington, Boundary, and Alexander streets.
To celebrate that historic event, and instill pride of our independence and patriotism in our city; the Washington Light Infantry is sponsoring a public reading of The Declaration of Independence on the steps of the Old Exchange Building at the foot of Broad Street on Monday, July 4, 2016, at 9:30.am.
Members of the Washington Light Infantry will be reading this historic document.
The event is free and open to everyone!