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See the Declaration of Independence in Dallas

There is more to this holiday than fireworks!

Want to expose your family to some real American History before the 4th of July holiday?

Take them to the J. Erik Jonsson Central library in Dallas to see an original copy of the Declaration of Independence! What is probably one of the least mentioned treasures of our city hides on the 7th floor of this library. It is one of only 26 copies left in the world of the 200 copies of the Declaration of Independence that were ordered printed and distributed around the original 13 colonies in 1776. (NOTE: it is not the original, with the swirly John Hancock signature! You will have to visit Washington, D.C. for that one!) Read a great history of how the Declaration of Independence got to Dallas here.

Tom Fox/Staff Photographer

Here are some other great links to teach your children about our Independence Day and some fun activities too!

Remember School House Rocks? You can share it with your kids now! Two good ones for July 4th: Fireworks and No More Kings

Fun crafts for fourth of July from Family Fun Magazine here.

Fun science experiment for the kids here (if you use red and blue, its patriotic, right?), it looks like fireworks!

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