July 4, 1776, the approved the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration severed the colonies' connection with Great Britain and declared war against the British Empire.
The Declaration reads, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
On loan in the Davis Educational Center and Loeb Gallery through July 10th, make sure to view a very rare printing of the Declaration of Independence in The New-York Journal or The General Advertiser, printed by John Holt in Water Street on July 11, 1776 as well as an official facsimile of the Declaration of Independence, made from a copperplate engraving printed by William J. Stone, circa 1833.
Image courtesy of the National Archives