In honor of Independence Day, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial hosts special events at the Old Courthouse, including a Naturalization Ceremony on July 1, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and live music on July 4, and ranger-led educational programs in the Courthouse Museum galleries throughout the weekend. The Old Courthouse is fully decorated with red, white and blue bunting, multiple American flags on every interior balcony, and a giant 20 foot by 40 foot Garrison flag as the centerpiece to the historic Rotunda.
FRIDAY, JULY 1
At 1:00 p.m. in the Old Courthouse Rotunda, approximately 25 new citizens will recite the Oath of Allegiance and complete the final paperwork to become naturalized American citizens. The Manchester Elks Lodge 2058 will make their annual Stars and Stripes flag donation to the park at the beginning of the ceremony.
SATURDAY, JULY 2 – MONDAY, JULY 4
RANGER TALKS IN THE OLD COUTHOUSE GALLERIES
National Park Service rangers will be on hand from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to share stories about the overlanders, Lewis & Clark, Native Americans of the West, and the fight for freedom from slavery in the St. Louis Courthouse. Also on tap are stories about the Battle of St. Louis in 1780, the westernmost battle of the Revolutionary War.
MONDAY, JULY 4
CONCERTS, COURTROOM PROGRAMS & DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE READING
In the Old Courthouse Rotunda, visitors will enjoy live concerts by the Independent Silver Band at 1 and 3 p.m. The band, from Mt. Vernon, Ill., will play 19th-century instruments. There will also be reading of the Declaration of Independence by Anne Williams at 2:00 p.m. Ranger-led programs on the 1856 elections and the 1867 suffragettes will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Old Courthouse’s East Courtroom, located on the second floor.