mcha allen 4th julyPHOTO: Monmouth County Historical Association costumed interpreters welcoming guests at last year’s 4th of July Celebration.  Photo courtesy of Molly Picture Studio.

SHREWSBURY – Gather with Monmouth County Historical Association for its historic celebration in honor of Independence Day with a public reading of the Declaration of Independence on Monday, July 4, at Allen House, 400 Sycamore Avenue, starting at 10 a.m.

Association President Linda Bricker will act as master of ceremonies. Mayor Donald W. Burden of Shrewsbury, Reverend Lisa Mitchell from Christ Church along with Church Historian Bob Kelly will also join in the festivities. The bells at Christ Church will ring in honor of the signing. Members of the public are invited to participate in reading parts of the Declaration. Shrewsbury Boy Scouts, along with their Troop Leader, will serve as color guard during the Pledge of Allegiance. Attendees will have the special opportunity to see one of the original copies of the Declaration before it makes its way to a permanent home in the archives of the Monmouth County Library in Manalapan.

After the reading, Christ Church will be drawing the winners of their raffle to climb their clocktower.  Tickets will be on sale at the event.

Costumed interpreters will welcome guests and the Allen House will remain open for tours and visitors until noon. Christ Church will also be conducting performances of their Dead Actors Guild. Cookies and lemonade will be served following the ceremony.

Parking is available in the Shrewsbury municipal parking lot across the street from the Allen House.

Monmouth County Historical Association is a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898.  The Historical Association’s Museum and Library is located at 70 Court Street in Freehold.  Museum hours are: Tuesdays - Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Library is open Wednesdays through Saturdays.  The Historic Houses are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from May 1 through September 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  For further information about the Association, please call (732) 462-1466 or visit the web site at

Monmouth County Historical Association received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.