Of all the wonderful items on display in the Office of the Mayor, the one that people marvel over the most is the Town Instructions to the Second Continental Congress from the then Town of Malden. This historic document informs Congress that we were in no matter what in declaring independence from England. What surprises and impresses residents and businesses alike is when they learn that Malden was the very first one anywhere to make this declaration. That is why back in 2001 the Boston Globe declared Malden to be the birthplace of American democracy. State Senator Jason Lewis was so intrigued by this fact that he immediately hoisted a copy of the Town Instructions at the State House.
In honor of our Strong Past, our community will begin a new tradition leading up to Independence Day on Friday, July 3rd. We will gather on the lawn of the library at Salem and Ferry Streets to listen to a recital of the Town Instructions as they were written and delivered on May 27, 1776. We hope to see you there!
In the meantime, please tune in to this month's Podcast to hear more about this event and other Independence Day events around town. Have a happy and safe July 4th holiday!
Mayor, City of Malden