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Aug 01, 2022

Shrewsbury Celebrates the Fourth of July

By Lori Draz

The 246th birthday party of the nation got off to an important start in Shrewsbury as a crowd of more than 500 came together at 10 am at the historic Allen House to participate in one of the area’s most charming and important celebrations, the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence. Conducted by the Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA), this unique annual event is an insightful way to start the holiday with the words and the hope of the Declaration ringing out in voice. 

Linda Bricker, president of the Monmouth County Historical Assocation

 

Mackenzie Doherty sings the National Anthem

The event began with the presentation of the colors by Boy Scout Troop 50. Rev. Lisa Mitchell, of Christ Church, then led the convocation. Following remarks by Linda Bricker, president of the MCHA, the church bells of Christ Church peeled out, announcing the freedoms about to be proclaimed. Also returning this year was Mackenzie Doherty who performed a moving rendition of the National Anthem. 

Attendees show off their period costumes.

 

Boy Scout Troop 50 with leader Ed Morton

Bricker reminded everyone of the Allen House’s history as a tavern and a meeting place during the Revolutionary War. She reminded the audience that they were standing in the same spot where the original patriots joined to hear the Declaration of Independence for the first time. Bricker encouraged everyone to return to Allen House when it is open and invited everyone to consider attending the association’s Tavernfest when it returns this October.

Bernadette Rogoff, of the MCHA

Shannon Eadon, the newly appointed executive director of MCHA, addressed the crowd and shared that the organization will be playing an expanded and important role in the county’s curriculum this school year. 

Rev. Lisa Mitchell and Paul Roman, 54-year member of the Shrewsbury First Aid

Next, residents and guests of all ages lined up to read the Declaration. Each read a paragraph, while an attentive crowd listened respectfully to the words that shaped our nation. The reading concluded with Mayer Erik Anderson who led the group in reading the final paragraph. 

Guests were also invited to be like the forefathers and sign a copy of the Declaration of Independence.

Volunteers came together for Shrewsbury’s July 4 celebration.

The MCHA thanks everyone for attending. They send special thanks to the Shrewsbury Towne- Monmouth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and their many sponsors including Monmouth Stereo for the audio and Jones and Associates who provided flags for all attendees along with recognition to all the many people in public and military service defending this nation’s freedoms.