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1776: First Reading of the Declaration of Independence

On July 9, 1776, a copy of the Declaration of Independence was delivered to George Washington’s headquarters at Number One Broadway. At 6pm that evening Washington ordered several of the city brigades to gather on the Common (now City Hall Park) for a public reading of the Declaration.

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