History of July 4th


THE BEGINNING:

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted to approve a Virginia motion calling for separation from Britain. The dramatic words of this resolution were added to the closing of the Declaration of Independence. Two days later, on July 4, the declaration was formally adopted by 12 colonies after minor revision. New York approved it on July 19. On August 2, the declaration was signed.

The American War for Independence would last for five more years. Yet to come were the Patriot triumphs at Saratoga, the bitter winter at Valley Forge, the intervention of the French, and the final victory at Yorktown in 1781. In 1783, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris with Britain, the United States formally became a free and independent nation… read on

via: History.com

What else happened during this day??

1776 – U.S. declares independence
1826 – Death of the founding fathers Thomas Jefferson & John Adams
1827 – Slavery abolished in New York
1861 – Skirmish at Harper’s Ferry, WV
1862 – Battle of Port Royal, SC 
1863 – Surrender of Vicksburg
1884 – Statue of Liberty presented to US in Paris 
1917 – U.S. troops march through Paris to Lafayette’s tomb
1927 – Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon born
1987 – Soviets rock for peace
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