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"Out There...Somewhere": Washington Didn't Sign Here

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Washington, Georgia...the iconic small town with its streets lined with American flags. Just look at it...it's got to be number 1 when it comes to the Fourth.

"Because of its history connected to 1776," said Richard Crew, sitting downtown at the square in Washington.

"First, in the name of George Washington," said Kenny McAvoy, speaking of his town.

That's right. Washington, Georgia was the first city incorporated for this founding father and first president.

"First town that I can understand, that Washington gave permission to use his name," added history buff Reba Brown.

And, that's why Washington, Georgia is really into Independence Day.

This celebration has been going on 237 years. The work of 56 proud patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence, that's what we celebrate on July 4th the signing of the Declaration. Signers like George Washington?

"As far as I know, yes," said Brown.

"Yes, he had to be", said McAvoy.

"Yes he did, of course he did, he had to," said Brenda Mitchell

Right, he's George Washington. Of all people, he was going to be in Philadelphia the first week of July 1776.

"Exactly," said Mitchell.

"I never looked, I just took it for granted, I thought he would be the first one on the list," said Crew.

But, don't bet your last dollar on that...

"Well, I know he didn't sign it," said Lloyd Johnson.

"Come on now, really, ahhhh...come on, be serious," said Mitchell.

"I'm disappointed and I'm wrong," said McAvoy.

Many in Washington might be stunned, but they're not about to cancel Independence Day over it.

"We celebrate it, whether he signed or wherever he was at," said McAvoy.

Hiss name isn't on the dotted line, but around Washington...Independence Day is still a good time, even if George didn't put his John Hancock on the document.

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