Washington Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz
visited the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. on July 4 to participate in the 235th anniversary celebration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Schultz was featured as a special guest, participating in a ceremonial reading of parts of the Declaration of Independence. He attended the event with his girlfriend, Mackenzie Keeley, whose ancestor Thomas McKean was one of the founding fathers. McKean, an American politician who represented both Delaware and Pennsylvania and served as President of Congress during his political career, signed the original Declaration of Independence.
The National Archives’ Fourth of July program was emceed by veteran news broadcaster John Palmer and included a keynote address by the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, in addition to Schultz’s ceremonial reading of the Declaration. The original Declaration of Independence was also featured as an exhibit at the event and is on display year-round at the National Archives Building in D.C.