A Reading Of The Declaration Of Independence: NPR’s July 4 Tradition

PHOTO: A painting titled Declaration of Independence hangs on the wall inside the U.S. Capitol on May 17, 2017. CREDIT: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

In 1989, Morning Edition launched what has become an Independence Day tradition: hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading the Declaration of Independence.

Church bells rang out over Philadelphia 243 years ago today as the Continental Congress adopted this draft of the Declaration of Independence.