John Hancock

John Hancock

Years of July 4 Support: 10
People Impacted: 50,000+

Since John Hancock has been an Archives supporter:

– 3 Archivists of the United States
– 2 Presidents of the United States
– The Boston Red Sox won the World Series
– The Harry Potter series concluded
– YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter launched to the public
– The iPhone was invented

A perennial favorite in Washington, DC, the July 4 celebration at the National Archives attracts visitors from across the country who come to see the original Declaration of Independence and celebrate the birth of our nation. For the past 10 years, the Foundation has been privileged to partner with John Hancock to support this Independence Day tradition.

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Each year, thanks in part to John Hancock’s dedicated support, the Archivist of the United States welcomes thousands of patriotic Americans who have gathered on the steps of the National Archives Building for a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence and a rousing rendition of the national anthem.

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In 2014, after a decade of support, John Hancock has expanded their commitment to include education and family programs at the National Archives throughout the year. To honor this partnership, the Foundation’s Executive Director, Patrick Madden, presented Linda Watters, Vice President of Government Relations at John Hancock, with a facsimile of a powerful record signed by John Hancock and the Continental Congress: the 1775 “Agreement of Secrecy,” in which the delegates promised “not to divulge” their activities, which were considered traitorous by King George III. Page one of this document is featured on the right. Other Founding Fathers who signed this document include John Adams, Sam Adams, Josiah Bartlett, and Benjamin Franklin.

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About John Hancock

John Hancock Financial is a division of Manulife, a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Operating as Manulife in Canada and Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, our group of companies offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife and its subsidiaries were C$635 billion (US$574 billion) as at March 31, 2014. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife can be found on the Internet at The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers and administers a broad range of financial products, including life insurance, annuities, investments, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at