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Declaration of Independence
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On July the 4th in 1776, a group calling themselves the Second Judgmental Congress got together at Fort McHarry in Maryland. After a ceremony which ended with Paul Revere singing the famous battle hymn known as the National Anthem, the document was signed. From there, it was sent to England by plane presumably and presented to King George himself. Thus began the Evolutionary War.

— Abraham Washington

The Declaration of Independence is a miscellaneous item in Fallout 3.


The Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, announcing that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were no longer a part of the British Empire.[1] It was written primarily by Thomas Jefferson as an expansion of the Lee Resolution, enacted two days earlier, for public consumption.[2] The then Provence of New York abstained from the Declaration and then later declared its own independence on July 9, 1776.[3] The other delegates signed the document one at a time,[4] becoming fully signed on August 2, 1776.[5]

The Declaration is a formal explanation of why Congress had voted to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of America is called Independence Day which is celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress.


The Declaration of Independence is a regular quest item, with no purpose beyond fulfilling the quest.


The Declaration of Independence is found in the ruins of D.C's National Archives.

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  • The item you receive may actually be a copy of the real Declaration of Independence due to the fact that parchment might not last 505 years, unless it was preserved properly.
  • Though it no longer serves any purpose, this item is still found in the game files for Fallout: New Vegas.



  1. The Lone Wanderer: "What's the history behind the document?"
    Button Gwinnett: "On July 4, 1776 the Second Continental Congress declared that the original Thirteen Colonies of America were now free and independent states. This paper stated their intentions to sever all ties with the monarchy in Great Britain and operate as an independent nation. It's perhaps the single most important document in United States history."
    (Button Gwinnett's dialogue (robot))
  2. The Lone Wanderer: "Is there anything else you can tell me about the Declaration?"
    Button Gwinnett: "The Lee Resolution, enacted two days earlier, was the actual independence declaration. The Declaration itself was an expansion of that resolution for public consumption."
    (Button Gwinnett's dialogue (robot))
  3. The Lone Wanderer: "Any other facts you can share about the Declaration?"
    Button Gwinnett: "The colony of New York abstained from the Declaration and then later declared its own independence on July 9, 1776."
    (Button Gwinnett's dialogue (robot))
  4. The Lone Wanderer: "What else can you tell me about the Declaration?"
    Button Gwinnett: "Although it's often pictured as if all of the delegates signed the paper in a grand meeting, the delegates often signed it in secret one at a time."
    (Button Gwinnett's dialogue (robot))
  5. The Lone Wanderer: "What else do you know about the Declaration?"
    Button Gwinnett: "The Declaration of Independence wasn't fully signed by all of the delegates until August 2, 1776."
    (Button Gwinnett's dialogue (robot))