Fourth of July - Independence Day

Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1771-83).  In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle introduced the 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.  From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence with typical festivites ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts, to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.


John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrated the birth of American independence and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest.  Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826--the 50th Anniversary of the adoption of the declaration of Independence.