TRUMBULL — Trumbull celebrated independence in style Saturday. Colonial style.

About 300 residents attended the town’s annual reading of the Declaration of Independence on the steps of Town Hall. The event, featuring mandatory social distancing and many masked readers, had a different feel than previous years, while still featuring plenty of scripted affirmations and unscripted “huzzahs.”

“Nine years ago a group of us came together, and stood in a circle, passing around a single copy of the declaration,” said Pamela Discko.

Like the Founding Fathers, those first few participants had the sense that they were starting something, and the event has grown over the years. Saturday’s rendition featured live musical interludes, the Pledge of Allegiance led by a Cub Scout Honor Guard, a rendition of John Adams’ address to the second Continental Congress, scripted conversations between costumed re-enactors and a roll call vote of the 13 original colonies.

Though the event is traditionally is non-political, attendees of all partisan leanings also took the opportunity to express their support at various times during the declaration’s recitation of grievances against King George III, cheering such lines as the clauses on restricting immigration, judicial impropriety and taxation, among others.