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Fairfield To Mark 4th Of July With Reading Of Declaration Of Independence

State Sen. Tony Hwang, second from right, will be the keynote speaker at a Fourth of July celebration in Fairfield.
State Sen. Tony Hwang, second from right, will be the keynote speaker at a Fourth of July celebration in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — The United Veterans Organizations and the Daughters of the American Revolution is inviting the entire community to celebrate the history behind the 4th of July with the 123rd Annual Independence Ceremonies and to hear amazing renditions of some patriotic songs.

The keynote speaker will be state Sen. Tony Hwang. He will be joined by National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution Regent Linda Paslov and Joseph Lebinski, Past Commander of American Legion Post #74.

The event will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 4, at the Fairfield Old Town Hall green and co-hosted by the Eunice Dennie Burr DAR Chapter and Fairfield United Veterans Organization.

They will be joined by Wendy Gerbier, an acclaimed U.S. National Anthem ambassador, who is donating her vocal talents to the celebration.

“This event will reflect the incredible historical link of our town to our nation’s founding and honor those and the values that contributed to our independence from England," Hwang said. "The celebration will add a patriotic reminder that our nation’s birthday is not just about fireworks and barbecues but to remember that our happiness and liberties are sustained by resilient American work ethics and values. It is also an opportunity to honor the dedication and sacrifices of our military veterans/first responders who protect us abroad and domestically. We need to always remember that freedom is not free.”

Paslov added, “For the 123rd time, the Eunice Dennie Burr DAR Chapter will publicly honor Fairfield’s Revolutionary War Soldiers and others who contributed to securing American independence. At the same time, we will remember our own ancestors who made many sacrifices so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have today.”

As part of the ceremonies, Gerbier will sing the National Anthem – “The Star Spangled Banner,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and "America the Beautiful."

Gerbier, a Greenfield Hill Congregational Church parishioner, travels the country by request to sing the National Anthem and patriotic songs.

They will be joined by Spirit of 1776 performers from the Fairfield Teen Theatre who will be in character and Colonial-era wardrobe as Benjamin Franklin, John Quincy Adams and Thomas Jefferson as the original author and editors of the Declaration of Independence.

They will read the Declaration of Independence…. evoking words and emotions written over 240 years ago that led to the birthing of a new nation.

To add historical significance, the Fairfield Museum has a rare exhibition of one of earliest prints of original Declaration of Independence on display. It will also include Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Journals of Continental Congress in 1776, and archive documents from Connecticut signers of the Declaration – Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, Oliver Wolcott and William Williams.

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