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10 Facts About the Declaration of Independence
Every American is familiar with the Fourth of July holiday. It’s a day we all recognize as the pivotal moment we declared our independence from Great Britain, the birth of our country. The Declaration of Independence is the reason we celebrate with barbecues and fireworks but many of us don’t know much else about it, other than it was written by Thomas Jefferson. In the spirit of Independence Day, we’re providing a little history lesson about the Declaration of Independence, along with some interesting facts you can impress everyone with this Fourth of July:
1. John Adams refused to celebrate July 4th as Independence Day
2. The Declaration of Independence wasn’t signed on July 4, 1776
3. Richard Henry Lee proposed the bill for independence
4. Thomas Jefferson didn’t solely write the Declaration of Independence
5. The vote for Independence was not unanimous
6. John Dunlap printed hundreds of copies of the Declaration of Independence
7. It took 442 days for Independence to become an accepted thought
8. It was written for a reason besides just to announce our independence
9. There are 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence
10. There actually is something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence
Happy Fourth of July
While no country has a perfect history, the uniqueness of how our country was born 243 years ago has had a lasting impression on the world. However you celebrate this Fourth of July holiday, we hope you take a moment to look around and acknowledge how a single document, the Declaration of Independence, has defined both our past and will continue to shape our future. We’ll leave you with this quote written by Thomas Jefferson in his final letter, which perfectly expresses the purpose of July 4th:
“…For ourselves, let the annual return of this day [July 4] forever refresh our recollections of these rights and an undiminished devotion to them.”
- Thomas Jefferson
June 24, 1826, Monticello
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