Have a wonderful 4th of July!
And never forget what this day signifies…..
The United States Declaration of Independence was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, announcing that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were no longer a part of the British Empire. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration was a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of America—Independence Day—is celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress.
Contrary to a once-common misconception, Congress did not sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. First published as a printed broadside, the famous handwritten version was created after July 19, and was signed by most Congressional delegates on August 2. This copy, usually regarded as the Declaration of Independence, is now on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
Wellllll, not exactly. You see, the little known true story is that the Declaration was all written and ready to go on the 4th. However, one member of the Congress was a bit too enthusiastic and signed his name a little too large to suit the other members. I know what you were thinking, but no, it wasn’t John Hancock. Hancock was just trying to be a big shot, remembered how awesome the signature had been, and decided to write his name flamboyantly, too. Well, instead of a lot of words, I will just show you the evidence….
Original painting by John Trumbull.
Have fun, but please stay safe, dear Raisinettes!