Due to a special Joint Meeting of Congress taking place in the Capitol on Wednesday, April 29, the U.S. Capitol will be closed to tours until approximately 12:30 p.m. on that day. The Capitol Visitor Center will remain open throughout the day, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and guided tours of the Capitol Visitor Center will be available while the Capitol is closed.
In June 1776, the Second Continental Congress appointed five delegates—John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, Robert R. Livingston, and Thomas Jefferson—to compose a declaration of the American colonies’ unanimous decision to sever their ties with Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson, an eloquent writer well versed in key political thought, drafted the text, which Adams and Franklin edited. Congress voted for independence on July 2, and after further modifications approved the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.