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Why do we celebrate the 4th of July – Happy Independence Day 2017, photos

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This is one of the most happening days across the US. It is 4th of July and the entire nation seems to be celebrating Independence Day. Happy 4th of July 2017 is trending on social media and no one is amazed as to why it is happening.

It must be kept in mind that the United States of America is celebrating the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. As history tells us that the Declaration was released more than a year after the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. The 1776 document is usually seen the most important document explaining the declaration of independence from Great Britain by the Congress.

The declaration of independence was unanimously passed on July 2. It took two days to officially approve it and it was signed on July 4. The Declaration of Independence was originally released in a variety of forms, including at least 200 of the so-called “Dunlap broadsides,” named after printer John Dunlap of Philadelphia.




Another aspect that should be kept in mind is the fact Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer under British rule. Instead they formed a new nation—the United States of America. John Adams was a leader in pushing for independence, which was passed on July 2.

It was on the insistence of John Adams that Thomas Jefferson was selected to compose the original draft of the document, which Congress would edit to produce the final version. The Declaration was ultimately a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War.

Another important feature about the declaration of independence is that it was Richard Henry Lee who called for the colonies’ independence from Great Britain. Member of the Second Continental Congress was also a signatory to the Articles of Confederation, an early agreement among the 13 original states that served as the first American constitution. In June 1776, Lee called for a “resolution for independency.” The Lee Resolution was the first formal assertion passed by the Second Continental Congress announcing the formation of the United States. It would later become more famously known as the “Declaration of Independence” after its passing on on July 2.

Many people may not know that the initial celebrations on the occasion of 4th of July included mock funerals for King George III. It was in complete contrast to annual celebrations that was held on his birthday across the US. By 1781, two years before the official end of the American Revolution, Massachusetts became the first state to make July 4th an official state holiday. It took nearly a century before Congress adopted Indepdence Day as a federal, unpaid holiday. In 1870, under President Ulysses S. Grant and the 41st United States Congress, July 4th was officially recognized. The bill also included an official observance of Christmas, writes Constitution Facts.

 

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