On this day, July 4, 1776, the Founding Fathers of the United States signed the Declaration of Independence as one of the first steps to establishing a new country away from the rule of Great Britain.
While the Revolutionary War had already begun as of April 19, 1775, and would last until September 3. 1783.
My early childhood memories center around this typical American country store and life in a small American town, including 4th of July celebrations marked by fireworks and patriotic music played from a pavilion bandstand. ~Frederick Reines
History of Independence Day
It was July 4, 1776, that the Declaration of Independence was formally adopted by the Second Continental Congress that met at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Our nation’s journey to independence started with a motion from John Adams to separate the colonies from British Rule.
The colonies felt that they were being treated unfairly with taxes and lack of voice with the British Government. No Taxation Without Representation!
This document declares that the 13 colonies (now to be considered states and no longer under British rule) were united under a new country, the United States of America.
Who were the Founding Fathers?
- George Washington (First President of the United States)
- John Adams (Second President of the United States)
- Thomas Jefferson (Third President of the United States)
- James Madison (Fourth President of the United States)
- Benjamin Franklin
- Alexander Hamilton
- John Jay
Who Signed the Declaration of Independence?
56 men signed the Declaration of Independence that was drafted by Thomas Jefferson. These 56 men represented each of the 13 colonies. John Hancock was the first person to sign the document.
Fun Fact: There are a variety of stories (rumors) about what happened to the men that signed the Declaration of Independence. Check out this interesting story of what is believed to have happened to these men.
Who Were the Original 13 Colonies?
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
How Do We Celebrate?
Today, Independence Day, also known as the 4th of July, is a federal holiday where most businesses and government offices are closed so employees can celebrate and observe with their family and friends.
People celebrate with a variety of activities. Because July is typically a hot month, activities are usually outdoors enjoying the great weather.
- Swimming, boating, fishing, etc.
We decorate anything we can think of with the American Flag while displaying it proudly to celebrate who we are as a nation.
Do you have relations to any of the Founding Fathers? How do you celebrate this national holiday with your family? Tell us what your independence means to you and how you celebrate in the comments!