Declaration of Independence to be read aloud at courthouse
CENTREVILLE — On July 4, 1776, 56 individuals signed the Declaration of Independence, marking the beginning of a new nation. And 240 years later on Thursday, July 4, 2016, elected officials and community members will gather at the front door of the Queen Anne’s County Circuit Courthouse to commemorate and read the document aloud.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the Courthouse green, 100 Court House Square, Centreville, State Sen. Steve Hershey, Del. Steve Arentz, County Commissioners Jim Moran and Jack Wilson as well as representatives from the American Legions, and Army, Navy and Marine Corps veterans will take turns reading portions of the document. Children will read the names of the 13 states that signed it almost two and a half centuries ago.
The family friendly affair is free and will last about 30 minutes, according to Mary Margaret Revell Goodwin, county historian. Light refreshments will follow the reading.