Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.
What This Means for Us
With all these festivities and summer time fun, it is important to remember what it is we are really celebrating, the success of the American Revolution and gaining independence from Great Britain leading to the formation of the United States. July 4th marks one of the greatest events in our history. It enabled our founding fathers to start from scratch and create a free form of government in which we live today. So, when those firework bombs are going off late at night, think of the men who risked their lives to fight for our independence and freedom that we may sometimes take for granted today.
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