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Dear Mr. Bendis:

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence. Many people learned of the historic vote by reading their
The Pennsylvania Evening Post, Saturday, July 6, 1776
The first newspaper printing of
the Declaration of Independence
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Pennsylvania Evening 
newspaper, the Pennsylvania Evening Post. A copy of this newspaper survived the centuries and is now a part of The American Revolution Center's collection.


Those that supported the Declaration put their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor in great peril. Anticipating the impact of this revolutionary document, John Adams wrote his wife Abigail on July 3, saying "I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States."  Yet his belief in the successful outcome was resolute. In the same letter, he describes how future generations ought to commemorate the vote for independence with "Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."


As we prepare to celebrate the anniversary of the day that marks the birth of America, we invite you to visit our website, take a quiz to test your knowledge of the American Revolution, and explore our education and collection pages to learn more about this extraordinary period.  You can also read about the development of The Museum of the American Revolution-the nation's first museum commemorating the entire story of the American Revolution and its ongoing legacy. 


As we gather this weekend with friends and family, let's remember those past and present who have, and continue to toil and sacrifice so that we may enjoy peace, liberty and independence.

Thank you for your interest, we welcome your support.

Happy Birthday, America!

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Bruce Cole
President and CEO
The American Revolution Center