Celebrating Independence Day! Historical Photo Archive

Blessed [is] the nation whose God [is] the LORD
[and] the people [whom] he hath chosen for his own inheritance

The Committee of Five drafted the U. S. Declaration of Independence
[Left to Right: Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Robert R. Livingston]

Painting by Ralph Earl (1751–1801), 1775-1776. Benjamin Franklin. Painting by Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725–1805), 1777. Thomas Jefferson. Painting by Charles Willson Peale (1741–1827), 1791. John Adams. Painting by Asher Brown Durand (1796–1886). and Robert R. Livingston. Painting by Charles Willson Peale (1741–1827), 1781/82.
NARA Public Domain in the United States

Declaration of Independence 1950,
New Canaan, CT by Arthur Szyk 
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American prisoners of war celebrate the 4th of July in 1942
in the Japanese prison camp of Casisange
in Malaybalay, on Mindanao, P.I.
It was against Japanese regulations
and discovery would have meant death,
but the men celebrated the occasion anyway.
NARA Public Domain

This version of the Declaration of Independence
was published by John Binns in Philadelphia 1819.
The embellished facsimile prints were to be sold
for display in homes or elsewhere. The portraits
at the top are by James B. Longacre,
later Chief Engraver of the US Mint (1844-1869).
The underlying text was mostly written by
Thomas Jefferson in 1776, though somewhat amended
by action of the Second Continental Congress.
Library of Congress Public Domain in the US

The earliest known draft of the US Declaration of Independence,
a fragment in the handwriting of Thomas Jefferson
Library of Congress Public Domain in the United States

Congress Voting Independence,
a depiction of the Second Continental Congress
voting on the US Declaration of Independence.
Oil on canvas by Robert Edge Pine
(unfinished at his 1788 death), completed by Edward Savage.  Library of Congress Public Domain

Committee of five drafting the US Declaration of Independence
Alonzo Chappel, 1828-1887, Artist  NARA record 5083369 Public Domain

A sheet of the Constitution as it arrived at NBS
to be sealed in a helium-filled glass container
to be permanently preserved.
Each sheet of the Constitution
and the Declaration of Independence
were sealed in individual capsules & displayed
in the Shrine at the Library of Congress.
National Institute of Standards and Technology Public Domain in the United States

Reading of the Declaration of Independence
from the East balcony of the Old State House,
Boston, Massachusetts July 18, 1776
Copy of artwork 1931-32  Library of Congress Public Domain

"Fourth of July Declaration by the President"
From: World War II Posters, compiled 1942-1945  NARA Public Domain

Signing of Declaration of Independence
by Armand-Dumaresq c1873
Library of Congress Public Domain in the US

Writing the Declaration of Independence 1776,
by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris
Thomas Jefferson (right), Benjamin Franklin (left),
& John Adams (center) meet at Jefferson's lodgings,
on the corner of Seventh and High (Market) streets in Philadelphia,
to review a draft of the Declaration of Independence.
One photomechanical print : halftone, color
(postcard made from painting).
Postcard published by The Foundation Press, Inc., 1932.
Reproduction of oil painting from series: The Pageant of a Nation.  Library of Congress Public Domain

Franklin D. Roosevelt in Bear Mountain, NY July 4, 1929
NARA 197243 Public Domain

National Bureau of Standards preserving
the US Declaration of Independence 1951
Department of Commerce Public Domain
 *** GOD BLESS THE USA!!! *** 
I Sure am thankful for the men and women who stand in the gap to preserve and protect our freedom and the values upon which this great nation was founded. We have the ability to speak God's Word openly, to worship God openly in a public assembly, to practice the Word of God without persecution. Many nations do not have this. I pray for those nations, and for those who live there. I continue to pray for our great nation, especially for those who sacrifice to maintain freedom. I pray God continue to reign in our great nation! I live in a country where I am safe and free to believe God.
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John Hancock's signature on the US Declaration of Independence August 2, 1776 Source: Fascimile on velum, one of 201 produced in 1823 by William J. Stone from a copper plate engraving of the original 1776 manuscript. Public Domain
1926 indicium of 2 cent US stamp: The sesquicentennial exposition commemorated the signing of
the Declaration of Independence. Source: US Postal Service Department Public Domain
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