01The Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson, one of the most impactful and eloquent leaders, crafted the original draft document of the Declaration of Independence within weeks. It was then ratified and on 4th July, 1776, the Congress formally adopted it for thirteen colonies. Major festivities followed this. Church bells were rung, concerts, bonfires, parades and the firing of cannons and muskets accompanied the first public readings of the Declaration of Independence!