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Aug 11, 2017

Shrewsbury Celebrates an Old-Fashioned Fourth at Allen House

By Lori Draz

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Lillian Burry

The Fourth of July celebration started early in Shrewsbury, as hundreds of residents and history hounds gathered together at the Allen House for the Third Annual Independence Day Celebration.

Costumed interpreters welcomed the guests, accompanied by a selection of patriotic tunes. Then, at 10:00 a.m., the bells of the newly refurbished bell tower at Christ Church peeled 13 times to honor the original 13 colonies and to call together the group of onlookers. Members of the Rumson Boy Scouts presented the colors during the Pledge of Allegiance. The invocation was led by Reverend Lisa Mitchell of Christ Church, who invited the group to enjoy guided tours of the church and historic cemetery. Next, Rumson’s newest Eagle Scout and former Journal Teen Scene author Owen Doherty performed an inspiring rendition of the National Anthem. The audience then heard a public reading of the Declaration of Independence, read by a number of guests and residents. This was a special treat, as attendees were able to see one of the 1818 Tyler lithograph limited editions of the Declaration, on loan from the archives of the Monmouth County Library in Manalapan for this day only. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cookies and lemonade and the Allen House remained open for tours and visitors until noon.

Mayor Don Burden said, “I am so happy that so many attended this ceremony. Shrewsbury is one of the most historic sites in the state and the country, and we are very proud to preserve and honor that heritage. Having a copy of the Declaration of Independence here was an honor and we thank Judi Tolchin, Director of the County Libraries and Monmouth County Archives, for making that happen. We also thank our sponsors, members of the historic society, the Boy Scouts, Shrewsbury’s EMS teams, and of course, everyone who attended.” Freeholder Director Lillian Burry was also proud to display a new Monmouth County flag, perfect for such a patriotic affair. This free program is made possible in part by sponsorship from Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty