July 2, 2012 — The University of Virginia Chapel will join with other churches in the original 13 colonies on Wednesday to commemorate the July 4, 1776, adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
The Chapel bell will ring 13 times at 2 p.m.
Legend says the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia was rung 13 times after the Founding Fathers had finally adopted the Declaration of Independence. Historians say, however, that the steeple was in bad condition and they doubt whether the bell actually rang in 1776.
Also at U.Va. is the ongoing exhibit, "Declaring Independence," at the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library. The exhibit includes highlights of the most comprehensive collection of letters, documents and early printings of the Declaration of Independence. The exhibition sheds light on not only the writing and signing of the Declaration, but also on its first printing, distribution across the colonies, and future impact on American history. An accompanying documentary film is available for viewing in the gallery.
Hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The library is closed July 4.