Reading of the Declaration of Independence

NEWTON. Locals gathered on July 4 to hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence.


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  • Dozens gather in the shade on the Newton Green for a reading of the Declaration of Independence, on Thursday, July 4, 2019. (Photos by Mandy Coriston)




  • Flags wave in a warm breeze as local attorney Steve Kossup addresses the crowd during the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence on Thursday, July 4, 2019 in Newton.




  • Veterans standing under the Memorial Bell on the Newton Green listen as Steve Kossup reads from Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech, on Thursday, July 4, 2019.




Braving the heat, upwards of 50 people, from toddlers to aging veterans, met on the Newton Green on Thursday morning, July 4, to hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence along with other patriotic works and songs. The event, in its eighth year, is organized by local attorney Steve Kossup and supported by the Sussex County Tea Party. Music was provided by members of the Schiller Institute Chorus, based in New York City, under the direction of Diane Sare.

Kossup said loves the annual recitation because he first became interested in the Declaration of Independence as a young student and came to appreciate the document more as he grew older and studied law.

“Every time I read it now, I find it always has new meaning," he said.





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