Downtown, August 2014, Reader Submission


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"We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."

โ€” The final passage of the Declaration of Independence, which was read aloud from the Old State House's balcony on July 18, 1776.

As a part of the celebration, the crowd tore down the building's lion and unicorn statues (which are symbols of the British crown) and burned them in a bonfire on King Street.

(The statues were replaced in 1882 by the Bostonian Society, along with a statue of an Eagle on the opposite side.)

Here's a Bostonology-approved event: trivia for a cause. (Hint: this email might even help your team score a few points...)