In January of 1777, the Continental Congress, led by John Hancock, determined that an * “authenticated copy of the Declaration of Independency…be sent to each of the United States and that they be desired to have the same put on record.” And so, on Thursday, February 27, 1777 while meeting at the Indian King Tavern, the General Assembly of New Jersey read those most famous words into their minutes.
On Thursday, July 4, 2013, prior to the town parade those infamous words will be read from the steps of the Indian King Tavern for all to hear. It is the hope that the general citizenry will join for this special time. As John Hancock said in his letter to the Assembly, ** “…there is not a more distinguished event in the history of America, than the Declaration of her Independence-nor any, that, in all probability, will so much excite the attention of future ages…”.
Excerpts from Votes and Proceedings of the General Assembly of the State of New-Jersey
*Pg. 83, ** Pg. 80