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The History of the
4th of July
The 4th of July or Independence Day in the United States is
a national holiday. On July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the
Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence.
It was a long hard battle for the 13 colonies that made up the United States
back in the 1700’s. During this time, the colonies were still under the rule of
England and King George III. Everyone in the colonies were still paying taxes to
England and did not any type of representation in the English Parliament. Since,
they did not have any representation they also had no say in anything that was
decided by Parliament. This began to cause quite an unrest among the colonies
and rebellion against King George and the “Taxation without Representation.”
King George subsequently sent more troops to aid in controlling the colonists.
The 13 colonies in 1774, sent delegates to Philadelphia Pennsylvania to form the
First Continental Congress. At this time, the delegates were very unhappy with
England but declaring war was something only discussed and not put into action.
Paul Revere sounded the alarm when King George’s troops arrived in Concord
Massachusetts in April 1775, by riding his horse through the night alerting
everyone with "The British are coming, the British are coming". This battle was
the beginning of the war for the independence of the colonies.
In June 1776, a committee was formed that would create a formal declaration of
independence. Chosen to be the head of the committee was Thomas Jefferson. The
others on this committee included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Philip
Livingston and Roger Sherman. Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft and it was
presented to congress on June 28, 1776. Some changes were made and a vote was
taken on July 4th. The vote from the 13 colonies included 9 voted in favor of
the Declaration, Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted against, Delaware voted
undecided and New York Abstained. Making it official John Hancock, who was the
president of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence.
From that day forward, America has celebrated the 4th of July as their
Independence Day and their freedom from the rule of England. The first
Independence Day was celebrated the very next year on July 4th, 1777. Beginning
in the 1800’s traditions for such activities as parades, fireworks, and picnics
were included in the celebrations. Today, you can enjoy many different
celebrations and events on the 4th of July to commemorate our freedom from
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