The History of the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, is a cherished holiday in the United States, marking the birth of American independence. The history of this day is rich with significance and patriotism, stemming from the bold actions of the nation’s founding fathers. It’s also a day to celebrate our freedoms and rights- for example, the opportunity to have a woman-owned boutique where everyone of every race, gender, and religion can shop freely. To celebrate today, we must take a moment to remember yesterday. So, as always…a little history lesson. 

In the late 18th century, the thirteen American colonies were under British rule. Discontent with British policies and taxation without representation led to growing unrest. This culminated in the Continental Congress convening to address these issues. 

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence. Two days later, on July 4, 1776, the delegates officially adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. This declaration proclaimed the colonies' separation from Britain and articulated the fundamental principles of freedom and equality.

The first celebrations of Independence Day took place in 1777, with bonfires, parades, and the firing of cannons and muskets. Philadelphia marked the occasion with a grand display of fireworks, setting a tradition that continues to this day. Over time, festivities grew to include public readings of the Declaration of Independence, patriotic music, and community events. 

Today, the Fourth of July is more than just a celebration of independence; it’s a day to reflect on the values of freedom, democracy, and unity. From small town parades to grand displays in major cities, Americans come together to honor their history and the enduring principles that define their nation. As we celebrate this year, let’s remember the brave actions of those who fought for our independence and the importance of continuing to uphold the ideals they cherished. 

Happy Fourth of July!

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