Dramatic Reading of the Declaration of Independence

  Date: July 3rd, 2001

As part of the City of Philadelphia's Independence Day celebration, the Declaration of Independence was read from the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art by Michael Douglas, Mel Gibson, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Spacey, Renee Zellweger, Benecio Del Toro, Ming Na, Morgan Freeman, Kathy Bates, Edward Norton, Graham Greene, and Winona Ryder. Hosted by Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson, the event also featured musical performances by Garth Brooks, Blue Man Group, and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. This event was part of The Declaration of Independence Road Trip.

The film version of the reading is now available to students across the country as part of a special national curriculum program developed by the Road Trip and Scholastic, Inc., titled "The Declaration of Independence Road Trip: A Living Blueprint for Democracy."