This week will mark 244 years since revolutionaries gathered together and declared:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Just because we can’t come together in person, doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate these ideals all week!

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The ideals declared on July 4th are now over 244 years old, but there’s still work to be done to ensure we live up to them.

We’ve gathered together these resources to help you better understand the holiday, your rights & responsibilities as a citizen, and what you can do to create a more just & equitable society.


Exploring the Collections

We’re taking vitrines off cases and giving you an up-close look at one of our most well-known artifacts! Celebrate Independence Day with the Museum – virtually – with this incredible piece of history.


Ringing the American Freedom Bell

We invite you to join us for a special ringing of the American Freedom Bell as we take a moment to reflect and consider our history and to think about what we can all do to achieve the ideals of the Declaration of Independence.


Lunch & Learn: Spies, Traitors, & the Struggle for Independence

Join The Charlotte Museum of History for a special Independence Day themed edition of our popular Lunch & Learn series. Education Specialist Lauren Wallace delves into the world of espionage and trickery to explore how spies and spy craft may have won the war.