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Posted Thursday, June 6th, 2019

Patriotic March, Tours, Music, History, Plus Reading of Declaration of Independence Returns to the Morristown Green

In period dress, soldiers stand behind children holding signs that say 'boo' and 'hiss.'

Morris County residents and visitors can enjoy an authentically patriotic Fourth of July this year, just the way the Founding Fathers might have imagined it, at free festivities planned in and around the Morristown Green.

All of the free events are open to the public and appropriate for all ages.

The Morristown National Historical Park, the nation’s first historical park, is a co-sponsor of the events, along with the Morris County Tourism Bureau. The national park will welcome visitors for free on July 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Planned July 4th Events:

  • 10 a.m.: The Hanover Township Landmark Commission will give a free tour of its 1718 Burying Yard located on Route 10 East, Whippany. This one-hour tour will highlight the earliest settlers of Morris County. Please pre-register by calling 973-631-5151 or signing up at [email protected].
  • 11:15 a.m.: Beginning at the Ford Mansion in Morristown, fall in with costumed Revolutionary War soldiers and march to the Morristown Green.
  • 11:30 a.m.: The Loose Cannons singing group will be perform a wide selection of music at the Morristown Green.
  • 12 Noon: On the Morristown Green, costumed interpreters will read the Declaration of Independence, an annual Morris County tradition. Audience participation is encouraged.  There will be a musket salute, followed by free guided walking tours of the Presbyterian Church’s newly restored sanctuary and its Colonial-era graveyard, est. 1733.

Three soldiers in period dress

In case of rain, the reading of the Declaration will move indoors to the Presbyterian Church on the Green, 57 East Park Place.

  • 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Join the Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall in Morristown for a hike along Patriots’ Path to the archaeological site of New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Powder Mill along the Whippany River. Learn about the history of the Powder Mill, the significant role it played locally during the Revolutionary War, and plans for its future. Tours are scheduled, for 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, starting at Acorn Hall, 68 Lafayette Avenue, Morristown.
  • 1:30 p.m.: There will be an organ music concert with Josh Stafford in the sanctuary of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on South Street and at Miller Road in Morristown.

July 4th Celebration Planned in MorristownFor more information about all the Morris County holiday happenings and fireworks displays, contact the Morris County Tourism Bureau at or call 973-631-5151. Morris County Tourism Bureau also publishes an list of events in the county.

Generous sponsors who are helping to make these events possible include Normandy Partners, Washington Association of New Jersey, Morristown Medical Center-Atlantic Health System, New Jersey Natural Gas, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Goryeb, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Schaenen, and media sponsor