Declaration of Independence Reading

On Heritage Day, Easton celebrates one of the first public readings of the Declaration of Independence, which occurred in town on July 8, 1776.  Philadelphia and Trenton were the only other two places which can claim to have had a public reading of the document on that day.  Reports of the event in Easton record that Robert Levers, the Chair of the Committee of Safety and Northampton County’s representative to the Provincial Conference of Committees, read the Declaration of Independence on the steps of the courthouse located in Centre Square, and a parade escorted the new flag to the courthouse.

While the courthouse is no longer in the square, we have a parade at noon which escorts Robert Levers and the Easton flag to the Heritage Stage in the square where all will assemble to hear a dramatic reading of the words which created the United States of America. You will be moved to cheer when the reading ends.

Town Criers will make their cases for or against independence at 11:00 a.m. on the Heritage Stage. You are encouraged to voice your opinion in response to their calls for independence or continued loyalty to the crown.