July 8th, 2008

Captive Dreams

The Glorious Eighth

The Glorious Eighth

On July 8,1776, the Great Square in Easton, PA, was the site for one of only three public readings of the Declaration of Independence.  At the time, there was a courthouse in the Square.  The local militia assembled, and Robert Levers read the document from the courthouse steps.   

"...a dog-hole of a place, remote from all the world."
-- James Burd to Edward Shippen III, Tinian, January 16, 1772

The crowd then gave "three huzzahs" for Independence, fired off some shots, and unfurled a flag with a device representing the thirteen united colonies.  It has long been the tradition locally that this is that flag:

The original is preserved under glass in the Easton Public Library, but it can be authenticated only to the War of 1812, when it was used by Captain Horn's Company.  It is now the municipal flag of Easton. 

It is celebrated every year: http://www.heritageday.org/Heritage_Day/Home.html

[*] one of only three.  Philadelphia and Trenton, in case you were wondering.