Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you enjoy!

What You Might Know
about the Declaration of Independence

In June 1776, a little over a year after the start of the American Revolutionary War, the US Continental Congress huddled together in a hot room in Philadelphia to talk independence. Kenneth C. Davis dives into some of the lesser known facts about the process of writing the Declaration of Independence and questions one very controversial omission. Click here.

Blueberry Pie

The Stay-at-Home Chef shows us how to make a blueberry pie for the upcoming holiday weekend.
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RPCA-At Home Beginning Yoga

Check out the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities-At Home programming featuring beginning yoga. Feel the stretch and breathe. For beginners of all ages. Click here.

Using Cannons in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

Many July 4th fireworks celebrations are accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture as the rousing finale to the evening’s festivities. Ordnance Historian Matt Switlik shares what goes into creating the well-known ending to the concert with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Click here.

The Original Declaration of Independence
at the National Archives

The original Declaration of Independence is on display in the Rotunda of the National Archives. In this Inside the Vaults video short, supervisory conservator Catherine Nicholson discusses the conservation treatment and re-encasement of the document. Click here.

Upcoming Alexandria Library

Monthly Meditation, Wednesday, July 7 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Monthly Meditation, lead by our Friends at Daily Yoga and open to all ages. Click here to register.

Mystery Book Club – “By Cook or By Crook” by Maya Corrigan Thursday, July 8 – 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Join us for a virtual discussion of “By Cook or By Crook” by Maya Corrigan, the first novel in her A Five-Ingredient Mystery series. Click here.

City of Alexandria USA & City Birthday Celebration – Sat July 10 – 8:45 PM – 9:50 pm at Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison Street

The City of Alexandria will celebrate its 272nd and the USA’s 245th birthday on Saturday, July 10, with a performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra ending with a Grand Finale fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. To limit crowds and prevent the spread of COVID-19, this year’s fireworks display has been repositioned to be visible from multiple vantage points along the Potomac River waterfront from Canal Center Plaza to Jones Point Park. To further reduce crowds, the event will not include the distribution of birthday cake or cannon support from the 3d United States Infantry Regiment. Please note the later than usual start time of 8:45 p.m. Click here.
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