In honor of Independence Day, I’ll be doing several posts featuring landmarks of American history. I’ve done several posts on Washington DC lately ($500 DC Trip, Planning a 4th of July trip to DC) so today’s post will be a brief history.
One building I haven’t mentioned yet is the National Archives and Records Administration Building. Inside the National Archives you’ll find the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. Inside the National Archives Rotunda you’ll find the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence.
In the summer the building is open from 10 AM to 7 PM and admission to the National Archives is always free.
The other item of interest is tucked away in the National Museum of American History. The item I’m highlighting for Independence Day is the Star-Spangled Banner. The flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write our national anthem has been damaged in its nearly 200 year history but the Smithsonian has worked to preserve the remains of the flag.
Inside the museum you’ll also find historic coins and medals, Presidential artifacts, dresses of the First Ladies, and more. During the summer the museum is open from 10 AM to 7:30 PM and admission to the National Museum of American History is always free.