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What’s On the Back of the Declaration of Independence and Other U.S. Independence Day Facts

July 4, is neither the anniversary of declaring independence nor the signing of the Declaration. Independence was formally declared on July 2, which John Adams believed would be “the most memorable” date in America and I strongly support perhaps because it is also my father’s birthday. The Declaration of Independence was first read in public on July 8 and was mostly signed on August 2, 1776.


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