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Rare copy of Declaration of Independence on display July 4

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 01: A copy of The Declaration Of Independence is displayed at the New York Public Library on July 1, 2014 in New York City. The copy, which was written by Thomas Jefferson, will be on display through July 3. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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A copy of The Declaration Of Independence.

BOSTON (AP) — One of 14 original copies of the Declaration of Independence will again be on public display for the 4th of July in Boston.

The rare document can be viewed between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum at Columbia Point.

Officials say more than 1,600 visitors viewed the state’s only signed copy of the Declaration last year on July 5

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Also on display this Independence Day are two other documents: a letter from George Washington to the Massachusetts General Court stating that the Continental Congress had declared the American colonies free and independent states; and the Treaty of Watertown, signed in July 1776 with two Native American tribes and considered the first agreement that recognized the United States as an independent nation.