In April of 1775, the Revolutionary War broke out in the colonies.
Many American colonists did not want to be ruled by Great Britain and
follow English laws.
They wanted to separate and form their own country. The colonists wanted
their independence or freedom. The colonists decided that an official
statement needed to be made and sent to the King of England. This
statement became the Declaration of Independence.
Thomas Jefferson was asked to write the first draft of the Declaration
of Independence. After some changes, Jefferson's Declaration of
Independence was approved on July 4, 1776. This is the day the
colonists declared their independence from Great Britain and a new nation
was born. The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men,
including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and John
Hancock. On July 8, 1776, the Liberty Bell rang out in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, to gather people together to listen to the first public
reading of the Declaration of Independence. Years later, in
1783, Great Britain recognized the independence of the American colonies.
The U.S. celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence
every year on July 4th, the birthday of the United States. The Declaration of Independence states that
all men are created equal and are entitled to "Life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness". The document is a symbol of the freedoms and
rights of all U.S. citizens. The Declaration of Independence is on
display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
Use the above information to complete the
1. In 1775, the ____________ War
broke out in the colonies.
2. The colonists didn't want to be
ruled by Great
3. The colonists wanted their
4. Who wrote the first draft of the
Declaration of Independence?
5. In what year was was Declaration of
6. The first public reading of the
Declaration of Independence happened in what city?
New York City
7. The U.S. celebrates the signing of
the Declaration of Independence each year on what date?
8. The Declaration of Independence
states that "All men are created
9. The Declaration of Independence is
a symbol of the freedoms and
of all citizens.
10. You can see the Declaration of
Independence when you visit
Elementary & Middle School Lessons & Self-Correcting Tests for Children in all Subject Areas. If you have found an error or would like to make comments on this lesson,
please email us at:
Copyright 1999-2022 by Educational Designers, LLC. All rights reserved. Lessons & Tests in Math, Reading, Spelling, Science, Language, and Social Studies.
traffic. Your IP address and user-agent are shared with Google along with
performance and security metrics to ensure quality of service, generate
usage statistics, and to detect and address abuse."