• Thomas Jefferson Memorial evening shot

    Thomas Jefferson

    Memorial District of Columbia

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Thomas Jefferson statue.

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The Declaration Committee

Thomas Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence document, but did you know that there were four other Continental Congress members who assisted him? John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Robert Livingston of New York, and Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania all served with Jefferson on the Declaration Committee that was charged with putting colonial grievances into words. The resulting document charted the course for American Independence and helped to create the United States of America.

 
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Fourth of July fireworks on the National Mall

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For Fourth of July Fun All Year Long

Why do people gather across America to celebrate the Fourth of July? Who were some of the historic figures other than Thomas Jefferson involved in the story of American Independence? Discover some of the history of this holiday by unscrambling the missing words in this fun activity.

Signers of the Declaration of Independence Word Search

The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. Most of the delegates to the Second Continental Congress signed the document on August 2, 1776. By putting their names on this paper, these men risked losing everything if the British won the American Revolution. Even though the Americans won, some of these men suffered severely by supporting independence. Find the names of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence in this puzzle. How many do you recognize?

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