|Start:||Jul 4, '11|
|Location:||Anywhere in the former 13 Colonies of the Former British Territory known commonly as America or Baja Canada. This territory is sovereign and not eligible for Commonwealth status until things improve. Also added to the festivities are bits formerly belonging to Spain, Russia, France and Mexico. Bits of Native American Territory, too. Other bits include the islands of Puerto Rico, Guam and a couple of the Virgin Islands if they want to observe it...or not.|
One fellow named Thomas McKean signed it only in 1781! One of the original committee of five to draft the document, Robert Livingston, never did sign the Declaration, although he both framed and voted for it.
It took over a month for most of the 56 signers of the Declaration to affix their signatures to this seditious and dangerous document.
The document was written by Thomas Jefferson after he was appointed on June 7th by Congressional delegate Richard Henry Lee, who was later a senior officer in the Continental Army. Mr. Jefferson was to write the document and have it vetted by four others, including Ben Franklin and John Adams. It was vital that a Virginian write this because of that colony's impact on commerce and exports to England.
A resolution of independence was actually approved by the Congress on July 2nd. The last draft was voted on two days later. Many, including Adams, believed that it would be the Second of July which would be the day for celebrations and fireworks in future years. That's was of course if the revolution succeeded, a far from likely outcome at that point.