Celebrating Independence Day in the USA

Happy_July_4thWishing everyone a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Declaration of Independence, Independence Day, Fourth of July

Facsimile of the Declaration of Independence

So what’s the big deal about the 4th of July, celebrated in the United States of America, aside from the picnics, fireworks, concerts, festivals, parades and family reunions? The Fourth of July or Independence Day is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which was the date the United States formally declared its independence from Great Britain and British rule.

According to Wikipedia, during the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776. The Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain rule. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.

Today, we celebrate 239 years of independence, which we are truly blessed and grateful to have, in the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!”

 

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