When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
So begins “the unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America,” which was adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at Pennsylvania State House (later renamed Independence Hall), in Philadelphia, PA, on July 4, 1776.
While the nation is beginning preparations for the country’s 250th birthday (also known as the semiquincentennial or quarter millennial) in 2026, Virginia is already celebrating many of the events that led up to the drafting of America’s most historic document, and the Virginia American Revolution 250 Commission (VA250) is leading the way.
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