4th July

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Published on 2012-07-04 (04 July 2012)

  • Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain...

    Capitol Building, Washington DC During the American Revolution, the legal separation from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the resolution of independence, proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia, was put to the vote. After voting, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining its decision, of which Thomas Jefferson, was its principal author. The Declaration was finally approved on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams, who was to become the second President of the United States, wrote the following to his wife Abigail.

    "The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."

    Adams' prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved. In a remarkable series of coincidences, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two of the founding fathers of the U.S., and the only two men who signed the Declaration of Independence to become President of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826.

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