Lots of people assume that the the Declaration of Independence was signed on the Fourth of July, but that’s not true. Here’s what happened in 1776:
June 28 – The Continental Congress meets to read over Thomas Jefferson’s first draft of the Declaration of Independence.
July 2 – Congress declares independence from Great Britain. This is obviously a very big deal.
July 4 – Congress “officially adopts” the Declaration. This makes it legitimate, which is why we celebrate the Fourth.
August 2 – Congress begins signing the Declaration. This actually took several weeks to complete! Congress sent out the completed draft in January of 1777.
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