We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year.
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.
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.
On July 4, 1776, the 13 colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the UnitedStates.
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.
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!".
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.
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.
Vibrant streamers and colorful banners make the parties more fabulous!