The Declaration of Independence was read in New York on July 9.
Hundreds of British naval ships occupied
New York Harbor and tensions were
running high. George Washington,
commander of the Continental army
in New York, read the document aloud
in front of City Hall.
Later that day, the crowd tore down the
nearby statue of George III, which was
melted down and became more than
42,000 musket balls for the American army.
The New York Public Library has their copy
of the Declaration of Independence
Come to the Old Stone House &
Washington Park, and learn
what happened next!