On August 2, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was engrossed on parchment and signed by fifty-six state delegates. Delegates signed the document by state location, from northernmost New Hampshire to southernmost Georgia. Five delegates signed on a later date and some, due to a lack of space, were never able to sign the document. Add your name to signers of the Declaration of Independence by signing a (virtual) copy at the National Archives website!
Check out these resources for more information on the Declaration of Independence:
- The official, signed Declaration of Independence can be viewed at ourdocuments.gov, along with more information on how the Declaration of Independence was written and adopted.
- The Library of Congress has an informative web guide Primary Documents in American History: The Declaration of Independence which lets you explore other related collections such as The Thomas Jefferson Papers and an online exhibition American Treasures of the Library of Congress - Declaration of Independence.
- The Declaration mural by Barry Faulkner (pictured above) is located in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom in the National Archives building in Washington D.C. See who is pictured in the mural and learn about the restoration process here.