A new Independence Day tradition begins in Sylvania this year, as the Friends of the Lathrop House host a community reading of the Declaration of Independence. The event starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. on July 4, with area leaders stepping up to read passages of the document from the steps of The Lathrop House- itself a monument to freedom as a station on the Underground Railroad. Light refreshments and museum tours will be available after the reading until noon.

“Between the fireworks and the family gatherings on the Fourth, it’s good for us to pause and listen to the words of this bold and remarkable declaration, and to reflect upon what a risky undertaking our nation’s lurch toward independence really was,” reflects Sue McHugh, President of the Friends of the Lathrop House. “Our intent is not only to inaugurate this tradition at The Lathrop House, but to encourage others to do the same in their communities.”

The event is free and open to the public, and will take place rain or shine. Spectators are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.freedom celebration