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Dykema Co-Sponsors National Archives 4th of July Celebration in Washington, D.C.

Partners with John Hancock Financial for Fourth Consecutive Year; Thousands Expected to Attend Event at Home of Declaration of Independence

June 27, 2014

On Friday, July 4, 2014, Dykema—in partnership with John Hancock Financial—will, for the fourth consecutive year, sponsor the National Archives annual 4th of July event on the steps of the National Archive building (Constitution Avenue entrance, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW).

Paul Laurenza, Office Managing Member of Dykema's Washington, D.C. office, and Stephen Zimmerman, Washington, D.C.-based member in Dykema's Government Policy & Practice group, will be among those representing the Firm.

The one-hour event starts at 10 a.m., is free and open to the public. Seating on the Constitution Avenue steps will be available on a first-come, first-seated basis.

This annual event is one of Washington’s most storied Independence Day traditions, and will include patriotic music by the 3rd U.S. Infantry “The Old Guard” Fife and Drum Corps,  welcoming remarks by David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence by historical reenactors (portraying Abigail Adams, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and General George Washington), followed by the National Independence Day Parade down Constitution Avenue.

The National Archives building is home to the original copies of the Declaration of Independence (formally adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776, and the nation’s most cherished symbol of freedom), the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the Constitution). The National Archives building will be open to the public until 4 p.m. on  July 4, 2014, offering a variety of hands-on family activities—including the opportunity to meet and be photographed with one of the historical reenactors—throughout the afternoon.