The Declaration of Independence was officiated on July 4, 1776. It is a document that helps secure our rights and gives us freedom. Allowing us to do things willingly and the way we want. Everyone has equal rights, no matter their race, or gender. The Enlightenment influenced the D.O.I. because there are men that are going to argue that there is a rational reason for how who should rule, and how we should rule, and it doesn't have to do with traditional or theological explanations.