Although July 4th is the day Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, the delegates didn't begin to sign the final/legal copies of the document until Aug. 2, 1776. John Hancock and Charles Thomson signed only draft copies on July 4.
Fifty additional men signed on Aug. 2. Later that year, five more men apparently signed separately, and one added his name in a subsequent year. To read a chronology of events related to the Declaration of Independence, visit
If you want to learn more, check out the following book from the Fairfax County Public Library:
The Declaration of Independence: The Story Behind America's Founding Document and the Men Who Created it by Rod Gragg.
Don’t Miss – Patrick’s Film Odyssey
Wednesday, August 6, at 6:45 p.m., travel the world through popular
movies the first Wednesday of every month at Patrick Henry Library. Call 703-938-0405 to register. Patrick Henry Library is located at 101 Maple Avenue East, Vienna 22180.
Traveled anyplace exotic this summer? Seen any interesting libraries?
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