Fireworks, Floats, and Food!

This 4th of July, the National Archives celebrated the 235th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence with its traditional Fourth of July program in Washington, DC.  The celebration included patriotic music, a dramatic reading of the Declaration by historical reenactors, and of course, the National Archives float in the Independence Day Parade!Historical reenactorsHistorical reenactors read the Declaration of Independence on the steps of the National Archives.

This year, I had the privilege of welcoming Chef Jose Andres and his family aboard the National Archives’ float, which was decorated with images from our new exhibit, “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?”

National Archives float
Chef Jose Andres and Archivist David Ferriero aboard the National Archives float in the Independence Day Parade.

National Archives float
The National Archives float featured images from our newest exhibit, “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?”

Chef Andres is the Culinary Advisor to the exhibit, and July 4th marked the opening of his new restaurant, America Eats Tavern.  This “pop-up” restaurant is a complement to the exhibit, featuring a menu of classic American dishes served up with Chef Andres’ signature style.
Andres and FerrieroChef Jose Andres and Archivist David Ferriero at the National Archives Independence Day Celebration

Recently, I had the pleasure of sampling some of America Eats’ menu items, and I know you’re going to love it.  If you’ve already tried it out, let me know what you think!