When the colonists found out that the British government was putting unfair taxes on things, they were very angry. the British Government put all of these taxes on the colonists in hopes to pay back reparations from the war. Due to the colonists being the only people having to pay these taxes, they no longer wanted to be a part of Great Britain.
The Declaration was signed at the Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Declaration was signed on July 4, 1776.
Getting The Word Out
You will soon be free! The Declaration has been signed!
John Hancock was the leader of the Second Continental Congress but, Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Declaration. There was many other members of the Second Continental Congress.
"Life , Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness"
July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence Thirteen United States of America
The Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia at the Independence Hall to vote for independence from Great Britain. Any delegates from all of the thirteen colonies signed the document.
This is an act of treason. You know the king will not be happy.
Finally, the colonists were getting their freedom. There were no news stations or social media in 1776 so, in order to let the colonists know about the declaration being signed there were public gatherings to announce the good news.
The news about the Declaration being signed was also spread throughout newspapers, magazines, and posters being hung around.