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Declaration of Independence original copy to be on display at Boston museum

Admission free on the 4th

One of only 14 original copies of the Declaration of Independence will be on display on July 4 at the Commonwealth Museum in Dorchester.

Admission and parking at the state-run Commonwealth Museum are free (it’s one of those underappreciated repositories in Boston). It’s open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Fourth.

The Continental Congress sent this particular Declaration of Independence to Massachusetts shortly after its members signed it on July 4, 1776.

Why? Per John Hancock, the congress’ president and a Bostonian, so it could be saved to inspire future generations.

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