Fireworks, watermelon, hot dogs and beer may do it for everyone else, but no self-respecting history fanatic can survive the 4th of July without a good smash-bang reading of the Declaration of Independence, presented first on this day 235 years ago, in 1776. I give you three choices. Pick your favorite and enjoy:
First, traditional, by an unidentified (though heroic) re-enacter in Philadelphia:
Next, jazzy, by The Fifth Dimension (1970):
Finally, Hollywood, by actors including Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Whoopi Goldberg, and others.