July 4th Celebration: Trivia And Historical Background

July 4th  Celebration: Trivia And Historical Background The war of independence waged by the American colonies against Britain influenced political ideas and revolutions around the globe, as a fledgling, largely disconnected nation won its freedom from the greatest military force of its time. In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.

Hence, finally United States got its independence, and the day is generally known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day .4th of July has been a federal holiday in the United States. Since 1776 this day has been celebrated as the birth day of America’s independence and every year it is celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness. Fireworks, parades, casual family gatherings etc. are usually seen on this day.

Beacon of Light Gift Basket The fact is that John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. But, sadly, Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826 which became the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that July 2 “will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival” and that the celebration should include “Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.”

But what happened was that Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4th. Though the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd, July 4th became the day that was celebrated as the birth of American independence. After the Revolutionary War, Americans continued to commemorate Independence Day every year, in celebrations that allowed the new nation’s emerging political leaders to address citizens and create a feeling of unity. In 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday.

When the initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered radical.

Champagne & CaviarFor the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial. One party – the Democratic-Republicans – admired Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies.

After the War of 1812, printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top. The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated. After 1,200 words of self-justification, at the very end of the document the colonists finally declare that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states.

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12 Responses to “July 4th Celebration: Trivia And Historical Background”

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  • Rick:

    independence day is coming…… what do you like about America?

  • Connie:

    I think we are some of the most tolerant people on the planet

  • Paula Newton:

    America is a great country. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

  • PT:

    what r u going to do this day

    • Vicky Walton:

      every year we go on a picnic with friends and neighbors
      hope this year will be the same

      • PT:

        great, nice tradition

  • Paige:

    Great little history lesson. Thanks for sharing! The gift baskets look lovely too. I like the one in the middle

  • Irvin L:

    how do you celebrate July 4th ??

    • Casey Oliver:

      we plan barbecue party and eating watermelon…

    • Carroll:

      My birthday is July 4th

  • Ted:

    America rocks!!!!

  • T. Paul:

    People of USA are happy that they became independent

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