On June 7, 1776 a committee of five was appointed to begin a draft of the declaration. The committee selected Thomas Jefferson to be the author. The document was presented to the Continental Congress on July 1, 1776 and it was ratified on July 2, 1776.
The next order of business was printing the document. And records indicate that John Hancock entered a printed copy of the Declaration of Independence into the Continental Congress' rough journal on July 4, 1776. And the document as we all know is dated for July 4, 1776. But the Declaration of Independence wasn't actually signed by members of the Continental Congress until August 2, 1776.
The men who put this document together really believed what they were writing. They sought to make changes in their world and they did.
We know that the men who signed the document were far from perfect, and many of them did not live up to the ideals that are written about in the Declaration of Independence. But they started a debate and in the end created a framework for those ideals to be put into action.
It's also living proof to me that if you have a dream or an idea, even though it's out of the norm, it can be brought to life.
So when you celebrate on July the fourth each year keep in mind that dreams are possible. And that taking a risk can pay off.