The true history of Independence Day

By · Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Independence day is rather more then a day to drink beer together with your buddies and set off fireworks.  It’s a day to proudly fly the American Flag and show your patriotism for this amazing country.
Independence Day is the nationwide holiday of the United States of America commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
At the time of the signing the US consisted of 13 colonies under the rule of England’s King George III. There was growing unrest in the colonies in regards to the taxes that needed to be paid to England. This was commonly referred to as “Taxation with out Representation” because the colonists didn’t have any representation in the English Parliament and had no say in what went on. Because the unrest grew within the colonies, King George dispatched additional troops to assist control any rebellion. In 1774 the 13 colonies sent delegates to Philadelphia Pennsylvania to create the First Continental Congress. The delegates have been unhappy with England, but were not yet able to declare war.
In April 1775 as the King’s troops attacked on Concord Massachusetts Paul Revere would sound the alarm that “The British are coming, the British are coming” as he rode his horse through the late night time streets.
The battle of Concord and its “shot heard around the world” would mark the unofficial beginning of the colonies conflict for Independence. To rejoice the newly formed continental military George Washington flew a new flag known as Grand Union or it was additionally know as Continental Colors.
The following spring the colonies once more dispatched delegates to the Second Continental Congress. For almost a year the congress tried to work out its problems with England, again with out formally declaring war.
By June 1776 their efforts had turn into hopeless and a committee was formed to compose a formal declaration of independence. Headed by Thomas Jefferson, the committee included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert R. Livingston and Roger Sherman. Thomas Jefferson was chosen to jot down the original draft which was presented to the congress on June 28. After numerous changes a vote was taken late within the afternoon of July 4th. Of the 13 colonies, 9 voted in favor of the Declaration, 2 – Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted No, Delaware undecided and New York abstained.
To make it official John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence. It’s mentioned that John Hancock signed his name “with an awesome flourish” so “King George can read that without spectacles!”
The next day copies of the Declaration had been distributed. The primary newspaper to print the Declaration was the Pennsylvania Evening Post on July 6, 1776. On July 8th the Declaration had its first public reading in Philadelphia’s Independence Square. Twice that day the Declaration was read to cheering crowds and pealing church bells. Even the bell in Independence Corridor was rung. The “Province Bell” would later be renamed “Liberty Bell” after its inscription which reads:
Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof Lev. XXV X
By Order of the ASSEMBLY of the Province of PENSYLVANIA for the State House in Philad
Pass and Stow
This inscription originates from Leviticus 25:10

On June 14th 1777 Congress adopted a new flag that was designed by George Washington now affectionately called the Betsy Ross which was the original official American Flag.

And though the signing of the Declaration was not completed till August, the 4th of July has been accepted because the official anniversary of United States independence. The first Independence Day celebration took place the next year – July 4 1777. By the early 1800s the traditions of parades, picnics, and fireworks were established as the way in which to have a good time America’s birthday.  More importantly, Americans all around the nation fly the American Flag to indicate their patriotism.

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