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Original Copy of Declaration of Independence on Display for 4th of July

The historic document can be seen at the Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum at Columbia Point

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    Original Copy of Declaration of Independence on Display for 4th of July
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    A 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence, shown in this undated handout photograph, was bought by television producer Norman Lear and Internet entrepreneur David Hayden, who plan to send the document on a national tour under the auspices of Lear's nonprofit organization, People for the American Way. (AP Photo)

    One of 14 original copies of the Declaration of Independence will again be on public display for the 4th of July on Boston.

    The rare document can be viewed between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum at Columbia Point.

    Officials say more than 1,600 visitors viewed the state's only signed copy of the Declaration last year on July 5

    Also on display this Independence Day are two other documents: a letter from George Washington to the Massachusetts General Court stating that the Continental Congress had declared the American colonies free and independent states; and the Treaty of Watertown, signed in July 1776 with two Native American tribes and considered the first agreement that recognized the United States as an independent nation.

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