Jul 5, 2023

9 Fun Facts About the Declaration of Independence

Weekly Market Commentary

As we commemorate the 247th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, let’s take a moment to appreciate some interesting facts about this treasured document. Here are nine fun facts to enjoy!

  1. Independence was declared on July 2, the Declaration was adopted on July 4, and it was signed on August 2.
  2. John Hancock was the first to sign
  3. Thomas Jefferson is considered the author of the Declaration. A five-person committee made up of Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman contributed ideas.
  4. The Declaration and Constitution were taken to Fort Knox shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  5. There is a message on the back of the Declaration that reads, “Original Declaration of Independence dated July 4, 1776.” Experts believe it was added while in storage.
  6. The first public reading of the Declaration took place in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.
  7. When George Washington read the Declaration in New York City on July 9, 1776, the words were so inspiring that the people started a riot.
  8. John Dunlap made about 200 copies, which were distributed throughout the colonies. There are only 26 known surviving “Dunlap Broadsides.”
  9. In 1989, someone discovered a previously unknown Dunlap Broadside hidden in a picture frame bought for $4 at a flea market. It sold in 2000 for over $8 million.

Sources: ConstitutionCenter.org, ConstitutionFacts.com, Military.com, CNN

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