July 4th – Independence Day

In the United States July 4th is celebrated to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.

The Declaration of Independence was prepared by a committee of five, with its principal author being Thomas Jefferson. The five committee members were Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and William Livingstone.

It passed Congress on July 2nd but was not signed until July 4th. This freed the United States from the rule of Great Britain and in particular King George III.

Determined to bring life, liberty and freedom to the United States he had written an indictment against King George III in which he declared the King suppressed those very freedoms.

July 4th was originally a day that was celebrated to toast the King’s birthday and later became a platform to denounce the King.

In the early days of independence there were actually mock funerals for the King, held to symbolized the death of the monarchy.

Today July 4th is celebrated with parades, picnics, barbecues, speeches and of course fireworks. Decorations are typically red and white and flags are displayed proudly. A salute to the union is done at many military bases at noon on July 4th. One gun is shot for each state in the United States.

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