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Monmouth County 4th of July Celebration – Declaration of Independence Reading in Allentown
July 4 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 amFree
Public Invited to Reading of Declaration of Independence Allentown NJ Relives Colonial Past on July 4th
To celebrate America, town leaders from Allentown and Upper Freehold Township will join members of the community to read the Declaration at 9 a.m. in Heritage Park in Allentown. The Park can be accessed from both Main and Church Streets. The event has been moved this year from Sensi Park so that social distancing protocols set by the CDC and the State of New Jersey can be observed. All attending are asked to wear a face mask. The event will also be livestreamed at
The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was held in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776, and other readings were held later that same day in Trenton and Easton, Pa. Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776, copies of the document were printed and sent by messengers to be distributed throughout the newly-founded 13 states. At the time, Allentown, NJ was a village frequented by many travelers en route from Philadelphia to New York. It is likely that the Declaration was proclaimed in 1776 from very close to the same site at which it will be read 244 years later on July 4, 2020.
The reading is free and sponsored by The Allentown Village Initiative (TAVI). Those attending are encouraged to visit local businesses afterwards and enjoy the quaint village atmosphere of our shops and restaurants. For more information, please call the McCormicks at (609) 208-9991.