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We hope you have a fun and safe holiday!  There is no better time to review the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.


  • Many believe Independence Day should actually be July 2nd, as the Continental Congress voted for independence on July 2, 1776;
  • Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence;
  • While the wording of the written Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4th, the document was not actually signed until August 2nd;
  • The original July 4th manuscript has been lost over time, and all other copies have been derived from this original document.