What actually happened on 4th of July 1776?

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There have been various changes since the emergence of what is now known as the 4th of July to Americans. The history dates back to the 19th century when the Unites States gained its independence from Britain. From its inception the 4th of July has evolved into what most Americans known to be a celebration which has consisted of fireworks, food and fun with family and friends over the year.

HOWEVER, getting back to the point the 4th of July that the day captures the history that facilitated the independence of the American nation which is marking the anniversary of the Declaration of independence. When we turned back to look what actually happened on 4th of July, it was the day when congress officially adopted the declaration of independence. This piece of paper had been formally declared 2 days ago. That means on 2nd of July.                                                                                              

Congress had selected a committee in Pennsylvania that would be responsible for creating a document which would tell Britain that the American colonies wanted to rule themselves. After discussing about all the issues, they wanted to include to the document by the committee. They selected Thomas Jefferson to put together those ideas in a draft copy.   

Jefferson done it within a couple of days and handed over the 1st copy to committee on the 28th of June. On the 2nd of July they revised the document and declared Americans’ independence. The official adoption of the declaration was on the 4th of July.

Further, the Declaration of Independence is the reason that we party done yearly. Here are 3 facts you may not know that can use to influence all about this 4th of July.

(01)  Thomas Jefferson didn’t write the Declaration of Independence alone.

While Jefferson was the basic creator, he wasn’t alone in manuscript declaration. The committee of five was named on June 11th to draft a formal statement for the colonies case for independence. The committee appendages were John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Robert R. Livingston of New York, Roger Sherman of Connecticut and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia.

There was a total of 86 edits to Jefferson’s original draft by the time of its approval on 4th of July, but the famous preamble remained untouched.

(02)  John Dunlap printed hundreds of copies of the Declaration of Independence.

The committee of five was charged with making and sending copies of the Declaration to the masses on the midnight of 4th of July, 1776. They went to Philadelphia typesetter John Dunlap who set in print a great number of copies that were send off across 13 colonies on July 5th, 1776. These ❝Dunlap Broadsides❞ are remarkably rare ones and only 26 copies are known to have survived. Most are held in museums and library collections but 3 are privately owned.

(03)  There was something on the back of the Declaration of Independence.                  

                                                                                                                                                                                         In the movie named ❝National Treasure❞, Nicholas Cage’s character claims that the Declaration holds a treasure map accompanying encrypted instructions from the founding fathers, written in hidden ink. Unluckily this is not the case. There was a simpler message written upturned across the bottom of the signed document. ❝Original Declaration of Independence dated 04th July❞. Nobody knows who exactly wrote this or when.

How old was everyone who signed the Declaration?                                                                     

There was a 44-year age difference middle from the 2 points, the youngest and most aged signers. The oldest cosigner was Benjamin Franklin who was 70 years old when he scrawled his name on the parchment. The youngest was Edward Rutledge, a lawyer from South Carolina who was only 26 at that time.

Who signed the Declaration on 04th of July?

In the end, 56 delegates signed the Declaration of Independence.

President of Congress                                                                                                                    1. John Hancock (Massachusetts Bay)

New Hampshire                                                                                                                                              2. Josiah Bartlett                             

3. William Whipple                                                                                             4. Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts Bay                                                                                                            

5. Samuel Adams                           

6. John Adams                                                                                                  7. Robert Treat Paine                     

8. Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island and Providence Plantations                                                                                                               

9. Stephen Hopkins                       

10. William Ellery

Connecticut                                                                                                                                                                   11. Roger Sherman                       

12. Samuel Huntington                                 13. William Williams                    

14. Oliver Wolcott

New York                                                                                                                                                                              

15. William Floyd                          

16. Philip Livingston                                                                                         17. Francis Lewis                           

18. Lewis Morris

New Jersey                                                                                                                                                                            

19. Richard Stockton                   

20. John Witherspoon                                                                                                

21. Francis Hopkinson                 

22. John Hart                                                                                                      

23. Abraham Clark


24. Robert Morris                        

25. Benjamin Rush                 

26. Benjamin Franklin                                                                                                                                                  27. John Morton                          

28. George Clymer                                                                                                     

29. James Smith                           

30. George Taylor                                         

31. James Wilson                         

32. George Ross

Delaware                                                                                                                                                                   33. Caesar Rodney                      

34. George Read                                                                                                     35. Thomas McKean

Maryland                                                                                                                                                                      36. Samuel Chase                       

37. William Pace                                                                

38. Thomas Stone                      

39. Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia                                                                                                                                                                     40. George Wythe                     

41. Richard Henry Lee                                                                                             42. Thomas Jefferson               

43. Benjamin Harrison                     

44. Thomas Nelson, Jr.             

45. Francis Lightfoot Lee                                                                                      46. Carter Braxton

North Carolina                                                                                                                                                  47.

William Hooper                  

48. Joseph Hewes                                     

49. John Penn

South Carolina                                                                                                                                                  50.

Edward Rutledge               

51. Thomas Heyward, Jr.                                                                                      52. Thomas Lynch, Jr.              

53. Arthur Middleton

Georgia                                                                                                                                                                      54. Button Gwinnett               

55. Lyman Hall                                                                                                                         56. George Walton

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