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4th Of July Declaration Of Independence, USA Independence Day Facts

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We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year.

We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

1776 wasn't the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence.
It wasn't the day we started the American Revolution either.
It wasn't the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence.
Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain.
The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
They'd been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.

July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed inAugust It's also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation.

So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, was the date they remembered. In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved.

If we'd followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we'd being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed!

How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday? For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn't celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation.

By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial.

One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration.

The other party, the Federalists, thought the declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies.

By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past.
After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820sand 1830s all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans.
Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top.
The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adamson July 4, 1826, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated.

Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas.
 

Quick Recap:

On July 4, 1776, the 13 colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the UnitedStates.

Each year on the fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event.
The conflict between the colonies and England was already a year old when the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776.
In a June 7 session in the Pennsylvania StateHouse, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented are solution with the famous words: "Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved."
Lee's words were the impetus for the drafting of a formal Declaration of Independence, although the resolution was not followed up on immediately.
On June 11, consideration of the resolution was postponed by a vote of seven colonies to five, with New York abstaining.

A Committee of Five was appointed to draft a statement presenting to the world the colonies' case for independence. The task of drafting the actual document fell on Jefferson.

On July 1, 1776, the Continental Congress reconvened, and on the following day, the LeeResolution for independence was adopted by 12of the 13 colonies, New York not voting.
Discussions of Jefferson's Declaration of Independence resulted in some minor changes, but the spirit of the document was unchanged.
The process of revision continued through all of July 3 and into the late afternoon of July 4, when the Declaration was officially adopted.
Of the 13 colonies, nine voted in favor of the Declaration, two - Pennsylvania and SouthCarolina - voted No, Delaware was undecided and New York abstained.

John Hancock, President of the ContinentalCongress, signed the Declaration of independence. It is said that John Hancock's signed his name"With a great flourish" so England's "King George can read that without spectacles!".

Independence Day firework displays represent the three prominent colors of the American flag: red, white, and blue.
Today, the original copy of the Declaration is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and July 4 has been designated a national holiday to commemorate the day the UnitedStates laid down its claim to be a free and independent nation.

Americans Celebrate Independence Day pretty much the same throughout the country.

Independence Day often called the Fourth of July, is a public holiday that celebrates the birth of American independence from Britain with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.

How do Americans celebrate Independence Day? What activities do they participate in? How do they dress? What food do they eat? Find out below!
This day is a chance for family members to reunite and relax.
Independence Day is in the summer, so many Americans prefer to be outdoors and often hit a beach or a lake to cool off.
Many towns host Fourth of July parades, which often feature firetrucks, marching bands, and community organizations.
Lighting sparklers is a traditional and very fun way to celebrate Independence Day.
What to wear to celebrate Independence Day? Any combination of these three colors will work, Red, White, and Blue.
The food at a cookout or BBQ is often prepared on a grill and served with cold side dishes like potato salad, fruit, chips, and coleslaw.
America's most iconic foods, hamburgers, and hotdogs are very common in Independence Day meals.
There's often even a hot dog competition on this day,

The lovely red, white, and blue colors of the American flag can even be seen on desserts. Usually, this is done with sprinkles, a toothpick flag, or fruit decorations.

The national flag is definitely a must-have on Independence Day.

Vibrant streamers and colorful banners make the parties more fabulous!

July 4th is coming! Let's celebrate IndependenceDay together!

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