The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library will mark the 244th anniversary of the nation’s founding with a special display of a major document of United States history from its collections.
All are welcome to visit and see one of the 26 known copies of the historic first printing of the Declaration of Independence. Often referred to as the Dunlap Broadside in honor of John Dunlap who printed approximately 200 copies in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, the broadside was soon distributed throughout the thirteen states to announce the establishment of the new nation.
NOTE: the library will be closed for the Independence Day holiday on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4.
There will be a public reading of the Declaration of Independence and of Frederick Douglass’ 1852 Oration, known as “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”, at the Beinecke Library on Monday, July 6, 5pm.
American history is alive and accessible throughout New Haven. Visitors are also encouraged to see other markers of U.S. history related to the Declaration of Independence located near the Beinecke Library.
Immediately north of the library, the Grove Street Cemetery, 227 Grove Street at High Street, is the burial site of Roger Sherman, a signatory of the Declaration and one of the Committee of Five – led by Thomas Jefferson and including John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Robert Livingston – charged by the Second Continental Congress with drafting and presenting the Declaration of Independence. The first chartered burial ground in the U.S., the cemetery is free and open to the public daily 9 am – 4 pm. The cemetery is also the final resting place of Grimes, who died in New Haven in 1865, and other notable persons in the history of the nation.
On July 4, the General David Humphreys Branch of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, will honor all 56 signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and local veterans of the Revolutionary War, at their 69th annual Independence Day ceremony at 9 am. All are welcome to attend.
A few blocks south of the Beinecke Library, the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street, holds numerous works of art related to the founding of the nation. The works on view to the public include John Trumbull’s “The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776,” a depiction of the Committee of Five presenting the document to John Hancock. The Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm. The gallery is closed Mondays and on July 4.