Hooray! It’s another year of celebrating the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted 238 years ago on July 4, 1776. It’s a time of celebration with our families and friends, watching fireworks, and eating lots of food. As you prepare for your day of fun, here are a few facts you may not know:
- Although adopted on July 4, it wasn’t officially signed on this day.
- More than one copy exists.
- A riot broke out in New York upon the news and a statue of George III was melted to shape more than 42,000 musket balls.
- Eight of the 56 signers were born in Britain and not America.
- Richard Stockton became the only signer to later recant his support of the revolution.
- One of the copies sold for $8.1 million.
For expanded explanations and additional things you may not know, go to History.com. And as always, be safe and have a great day!
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