Claim: In celebration of Independence Day (July 4), we've put together a collection of legends associated with the founding of the United States of America.
Essay outlines the tragic fates of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
When John Hancock affixed his famously large signature to the Declaration of Independence, he proclaimed, "There, I guess King George will be able to read that!" Real story or venerable historical legend?
George Washington's account of an angel who revealed a prophetic vision of America to him at Valley Forge.
4) No Way, No Jay
Why does Washington, D.C., have no 'J' Street? Legend holds it's because city designer Pierre L'Enfant bore a grudge against Chief Justice John Jay.
5) Linked List
Photographs show a mass re-enlistment ceremony held in Iraq on the Fourth of July in 2008.
Washington lore claims the White House obtained its name because it was repainted white after invading British troops burned it in 1814.
A lucky bargain hunter became a millionaire after finding an original print of the Declaration of Independence in the frame of an old painting.
Last updated: 03 July 2016
Originally published: 04 July 2015