Declaration of Independence: History, Meaning, Continental Congress, and Facts

Art works of the Declaration of Independence

There exist several art works and paintings that commemorate the Declaration of Independence. Most famous among them is John Trumbull’s painting that shows the drafting committee of five presenting their draft to Congress on June 28, 1776.

The figures and faces in Trumbull’s painting are not exactly the same ones that were present in Congress on June 28, 1776.  The Independence Hall however, is painted exactly how it was back in 1776. This 12-by-18 foot (3.7 by 5.5 m) painting of Trumbull was commissioned by the U.S. Congress in 1817. It has remained hung in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda since 1826.

Also, John Trumbull’s famous painting of the Declaration signing appeared on the reverse side of the $100 National Bank Note of 1863. And Since 1976, exactly 200 years after the Declaration, an engraved rendition of Trumbull’s painting has featured boldly on the $2 bill.

Modern Arts and Pop Culture references to the Declaration of Independence

The 4th of July Declaration of Independence continues to resonate with Americans as well as countless number of people across the world. In America for example, the date has been incorporated into several art works and architectural designs. The One World Trade Center in New York City has a height of 1776 feet (541 m) to commemorate the year in which the Declaration was made.

In popular and urban culture, so many songs and movies have used the Independence Declaration as their main themes. Examples of such songs are Neil Diamond’s Coming to America and American Land by Bruce Springsteen. Notable mention of such movies are the 1776 (a musical); the T.V. series John Adams; and the 2004 critically acclaimed film, National Treasure that starred Nicolas Cage and Diane Kruger.


The 4th of July, 1776 is definitely the single most memorable date in the history of the United States of America. Exactly as John Adams predicted  (although his was July 2), this day that has been and will forever be celebrated for generations and millennia to come. The interesting thing about July 4 is that not only does it go beyond a bunch of 13 colonies’ pursuit for independence, it was man’s way of taking his destiny into his (or her) own hands. It was not just a political revolt, it was a mental revolution: a new way of thinking that has enabled  massive technological, economical, political and cultural progressions in the human race.

The 4th of July  will forever symbolize our pursuit for happiness as well as a natural desire to become the very best version of ourselves. And kind courtesy to this solemnized and profound document the stage was set for  freedom, equality and liberty across the globe.

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