Thursday, July 25, 2024

VA250 Leads Statewide Bell-Ringing Ceremony for Fourth of July

(The Virginia American Revolution 250 Commission)

RICHMOND — The Virginia American Revolution 250 Commission (VA250), established to commemorate Virginia’s role in the 250th anniversary of American independence, is inviting Virginians to join in a historic statewide bell-ringing ceremony this Fourth of July.

According to VA250, at precisely 5 p.m., the Virginia State Capitol Bell Tower’s historic bell will toll 13 times, symbolizing the original 13 colonies that won their independence.

“VA250 aims to create a truly unforgettable Fourth of July celebration that resonates throughout the commonwealth,” Executive Director Cheryl Wilson said. “Imagine the joyous sounds of bells echoing everywhere, reminding us of the shared history and values that bind us together.”

President John F. Kennedy officially established “National Bell Ringing Day” in 1963 through U.S. Congressional Resolution Number 25, and this Thursday, town halls, firehouses, places of worship, public carillons, cemeteries, and all citizens are encouraged to join with VA250, livestream, and tag their bell-ringing using #VA250.

The bell-ringing is part of VA250’s grand Fourth of July celebration at the State Capitol. Confirmed speakers and performers include:

Visit the VA250 website for details and to RSVP.

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