We stayed in Newport this year to celebrate 4th July. Newport was the first state to declare independence from the British – on 4th May 1776 – two MONTHS before the other states.

We watched the artillery company honor William Ellery – Newport’s Founding Father as well as listened to the Declaration of Independence in Washington Square and saw the artillery company fire a 21 gun salute. Below are our videos of the day.

Sharp eyed observers will see the change in personnel on some of the cannon! Let you in on a secret – it has taken 4 years to get enough material to put these videos together.

If you want to hear what the Declaration of Independence actually says watch this video….

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