Independence Day is celebrated in the United States on July 4, and features parades, ceremonies commemorating the historic event, fireworks, barbecues and the occasional retail store sale.
At the center of the observance is the Declaration of Independence, an influential political document that 56 members of the Continental Congress signed in 1776.
From the 18th century to the present day, the Declaration of Independence has garnered a lot of attention, as well as a few misconceptions and myths about its origins.
Here are five interesting facts about the Declaration of Independence. They include how it originally condemned slavery, how the signing of the document actually happened, and what is written on the back of the document.