Freedom rang for the 13 original U.S. colonies at the Town House Museum in Norwalk for this year's Fourth of July Bell Ringing Ceremony.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," Norwalk Town Clerk Rick McQuaid read.
Local dignitaries joined residents and members of the Norwalk Historical Society in the museum on Friday to hear the original Declaration of Independence read, as Mayor Harry Rilling tolled the bell 13 times.
"To me it's all about freedom, it's all about living in the creates country in the world," said Mayor Harry Rilling. "Every time I hear the national anthem, especially sung here today by those young men and women, I get chills through my body and my heart does a little leap and it's almost brings a tear to your eye to thank God that we're living in this amazing country."
"And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor," McQuaid read.