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The 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence

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Learn about the men who declared America's independence in 1776.

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Few events are as deeply ingrained in American culture as the Fourth of July — except that date is not when the Colonies declared their independence from Britain. The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate America's independence from Britain. Some people celebrate by sharing 4th of July quotes on social media, but the actual signing of the Declaration of Independence took place on August 2, 1776.

August 2, 1776, is one of the most important but least celebrated days in American history when 56 members of the Second Continental Congress came together to sign the Declaration of Independence. This document, drafted primarily by Thomas Jefferson, officially announced that the thirteen American colonies were breaking away from British rule.

The U.S. Constitution put in writing how the government of the United States should operate. The Constitution is our most enduring document, but not everything you read online about the Constitution is accurate! 24/7 Wall St. takes a look at the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence to shed light on the men behind this pivotal moment in American history.

The Israel Story podcast tracked down the closest living relatives of the Israeli Declaration of Independence signatories to ask about their family history and what it means to be connected to such a significant event. Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, is a historic landmark that still stands today as a reminder of the courage and conviction of those who signed the document.

(Courtesy Craig Fildes via Flickr). Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, the annual celebration of the seminal moment in American history when the Declaration of Independence was signed. Every year on July 4, America celebrates Independence Day but the Declaration of Independence wasn't signed on that day.

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