4th of July: Nine Myths Debunked

Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson (left to right) draft the Declaration of Independence.Illustration courtesy Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, Library of Congress
From National Geographic – Many time-honored patriotic tales turn out to be more fiction than fact. On the 4th of July—marked in 2012 by a continent-spanning Google doodle—here’s a look at some memorable myths from the birth of the United States.

1. The Declaration of Independence Was Signed on July 4
Independence Day is celebrated two days too late. The Second Continental Congress voted for a Declaration of Independence on July 2, prompting John Adams to write his wife, “I am apt to believe that [July 2, 1776], will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.”
Adams correctly foresaw shows, games, sports, buns,

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