As we celebrate Independence Day this year with our family and friends, let’s not forget how we gained our independence as the United States.
The Fourth of July has been considered a federal holiday since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the American Revolution. The Continental Congress voted in favor of independence July 2nd, 1776. Two days later, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence which is known to be one of the most historic documents drafted by Thomas Jefferson.
Immediately after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, colonists held festivities which included concerts, bonfires, parades, and the firing of cannons and muskets. In addition, Massachusetts became the first state to recognize July 4th as an official state holiday. To this day, Americans celebrate The Fourth of July with activities such as fireworks, barbeques, parades, and flying old glory in honor of our independence that was fought for.
Thomas Jefferson wrote: “All people are created equally and have rights that include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
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