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