Phelps-Hatheway Declaration of Independence Reading

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Join us on Sunday, July 5 at noon for a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence as we continue to celebrate Independence Day! It is too rare that we hear this important document read out loud, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then under British rule, regarded themselves a new independent nation – the United States of America.

Community participants, including young friends from our Colonial Adventure Camp, will read aloud this moving document. After the reading, guests are invited to renew their civic vows in an effort to revitalize our citizenship through the “Sworn Again” program (

In order to protect the health of our staff, visitors, and community, all visitors must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines. The historic house museum interior and gift shop will remain closed to the public.

Admission is free; donations are welcome to support programming at the Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden. Advanced registration is required as space is limited, register at Day-of event registration will be allowed only if the site has not reached capacity. In case of heavy rain, the event will be cancelled.

The Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden is located at 55 South Main Street in Suffield, CT. For more information, visit;, email, or call 860-668-0055.

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