The Etowah County Bar Association and Gadsden State Community College celebrate Independence Day with the reading of the Declaration of Independence. The program took place at Gadsden’s Spirit of American Citizenship Monument on Albert Rains Boulevard. Local attorney Charlie Hart kicked-off the event as the "town crier." The Declaration of Independence was read in parts by people in the community. House District 30 Representative Mack Butler says he would participate in the reading again. District 10 Senator Phil Williams says Americans need to hear the document read more often. And, Etowah County District Court Judge Joe Nabors says the country still needs to follow its guidance. Hart started the annual reading in 2013 as a member of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.