Many People Listen to Reading of Declaration of Independence on the 4th

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Many folks in the Valley celebrate the Fourth of July in different ways, but some attended an event to honor the true meaning of this day.

Dozens of people listened to the reading of the Declaration of Independence outside the court house in Harrisonburg.

This was the 18th annual reading in honor of Independence Day.

John Sipe, who helped start the tradition, says it's nice to see the event grow over the years.

"Well when we started out there were only 10 of us, or 10 in the first one. Each year, thank goodness, it continues to grow and I am very pleased to see the number of young children that are here, and I just think it's a wonderful thing for our country and a wonderful thing to do on the Fourth of July," said Sipe.

"I come to this every year," said Lisa McCumsey. "It's extremely important and I really think the people need to hear this over and over again. What the founding fathers did for us, we may actually have to repeat because if you listen closely, we're in that same sort of trouble again." is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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