The Story of July 4th
Each year we celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July. Often we think of the John Adams, The American Revolution, and the birth of America as an independent nation, but it’s really a little hazy.
Did you know?
The American Revolution actually began in April of 1775 when British troops and colonial militiamen in Lexington and Concord began armed conflicts from growing tension. By the following year the Second Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia and decided to put together a Continental Army with George Washington as their commander in chief.
June 17 was the first official battle.
Colonials pressed through the British regiment led by General Howe at the Battle of Bunker Hill. While this battle ultimately ended in loss, it spread hope and encouragement to the revolutionaries. By June of 1776 the Revolutionary War was in full swing and American forces were gaining more support than ever from colonists.
The Declaration of Independence
Many people thought John Adams, the most outspoken in the bunch of five committee members working on the document, wrote the Declaration. However, Thomas Jefferson was actually the best writer out of them all. Jefferson was an avid reader and used his knowledge to work for over two weeks on drafts for the Declaration before bringing it to congress.
What really happened on July 4th?
What most people don’t know is the Declaration was actually presented on the 2nd of July and final edits from Congress were made from the initial submission through the 4th of July. Late in the day on July 4th, John Hancock, president of Congress, signed the final form. The Declaration of Independence was finally “legal and binding” July 4th, 1776.
Celebrating 240 years of independence.
The Declaration proclaimed separation from Great Britain and basic rights for everyone in our great nation.
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