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A July 4 NPR Tradition: A Reading Of The Declaration Of Independence

A painting by John Trumbull titled <em>Declaration of Independence</em> hangs on the wall inside the U.S. Capitol on May 17, 2017.
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A painting by John Trumbull titled <em>Declaration of Independence</em> hangs on the wall inside the U.S. Capitol on May 17, 2017.

In 1988, Morning Edition launched what has become an Independence Day tradition: hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading the Declaration of Independence.

Church bells rang out over Philadelphia 243 years ago today as the Continental Congress adopted this draft of the Declaration of Independence.

Below is the original text of the Declaration of Independence, alongside photos of the NPR staff members who performed the reading.

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Corrected: June 23, 2022 at 10:00 PM MDT
An earlier web version of this story incorrectly said Morning Edition began the annual reading in 1989. In fact, the tradition began in 1988.