America is approaching the Fourth of July, or, as I call it, American Christmas. It’s like regular Christmas but with fireworks and obnoxious amounts of patriotism. As a history nerd, I find this day to be self-evident of the tenacity of our forefathers to tell authority to shove it up their ass.
On that note, there is no better way to salute a legislative middle finger than the Declaration of Independence. What better way to honor the nation’s history than to see such a powerful document? You won’t need to buy a plane ticket to see it from July 2 – 7. You’ll just need to drive to Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum.
As families across the state prepare to celebrate the nation’s independence, Oklahomans will also have the chance to see a historic document on display.
The Declaration of Independence was created by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman. After several drafts, Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
Visitors to the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa will be able to see a handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence on July 2 through July 7.
This is your chance, history hipsters! Get to Tulsa to tell your friends that you saw a copy of the Declaration of Independence. Joking aside, this is huge news. How often do Oklahomans get the chance to see history that isn’t depressing or covered by the Dust Bowl?
Plus, this will be a great excuse to get away from your neighbor’s lame barbecue or forced family get-together.
“The most treasured American document in Gilcrease Museum’s archival collection is the hand-written copy of the Declaration of Independence used in 1777 by Benjamin Franklin as part of his diplomatic communication with the court of Frederick the Great of Prussia. This copy of the Declaration is in the hand of Silas Dean, who served with Franklin in Paris,” the museum wrote.
Officials say Thomas Gilcrease acquired the copy after seeing it on the Freedom Train.
The first day the document will be on display will be Tuesday, July 2, which is a free admission day at the museum.
Wouldn’t it be a M. Night Shyamalan twist if Thomas Gilcrease was the alias for Nicholas Cage and his quest to steal all of America’s documents? Security, please be advised. Nicolas Cage has not been seen in months, and he’s a known historic kleptomaniac and also a regular run-of-the-mill maniac.