The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 at the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall) in Philadelphia. Today, the original document resides in honor in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom at the National Archives in Washington, D.C as one of the country’s most revered documents. You can read more about the history of the Declaration and view high-resolution images of it at the National Archives web site.
The Fourth of July is also a day of celebration across the United States. Festivities in Washington are televised as a PBS special called A Capitol Fourth, which is viewed and enjoyed by many. Many communities in the Bay Area also sponsor celebrations, some including fireworks displays. Listings of local festivities can usually be found in the newspaper close to the event or at individual city web sites.