5 facts you might not know this July 4th – .

5 facts you might not know this July 4th – .

1.) Independence was not declared on July 4:

July 4, 1776 is important because it is the day Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence document. However, the Second Continental Congress actually voted for independence on July 2. In a letter to his wife, Abigail, John Adams predicted that future generations would celebrate July 2 as Independence Day, saying, “The second day of July 1776, will be celebrated by successive generations as the great feast. anniversary. It should be celebrated with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, fires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from forever. ”

2.) 26 copies of the Declaration of Independence still exist:

After the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the “Committee of Five”, consisting of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston, was responsible for reproducing the approved text. On July 5, Philadelphia printer John Dunlap sent all copies he made to newspapers in all 13 colonies, in addition to Continental troop commanders and local politicians. There were initially hundreds of copies known as the “Dunlap Lined”, but only 26 of them survive and are mostly on display in museum and library collections. (One of the more recently discovered “Dunlap Borders” was found by a Philadelphia man on the back of a picture frame bought at a flea market for $ 4 in 1989)


3.) George Washington’s reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 9, 1776 led to a riot in New York where the statue of King George III was demolished:

When one of the “Dunlap broadsides” arrived in New York on July 9, 1776, George Washington, who was in command of the Continental Forces in New York at the time, read the document to the crowd outside City Hall. Many of them applauded and will later demolish a nearby statue of King George III. The statue was later fund down and used to make tens of thousands of musket balls for the US military.

4.) After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and other documents were secretly hidden in Fort Knox during WWII:

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Secret Service Agent Harry Neal was charge with the transfer of “invaluable historical documents” to a secure facility far from Washington, DC After meeting with librarian Archibald MacLeish at the Library of Congress, Neal orchestrated the logistics of how they would quietly transport the documents from DC to Fort Knox , which is near Louisville, Kentucky. Abraham Lincoln’s speech at Gettysburg, Gutenberg’s Bible, and Articles of Confederation were also stored in some of the cases at Fort Knox. The Declaration was returned to Washington, DC, in 1944.


5.) 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence, but many of them never became famous:

Some of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence, such as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, went on to dedicate their lives to public service and served as the second and third presidents of the United States. However, several of the signatories are remembered only by history, such as Button Gwinnett of Georgia and Josiah Bartlett of New Hampshire, whose name was used, with a slightly different spelling, as the presidential figure of Martin Sheen in “West Wing.” “.


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