I thought it would be fun, and quite interesting, to go on a "treasure hunt" looking up facts about the Fourth of July, especially since I'm not a history buff in the slightest! I did find lots of things I didn't know, no surprise there😃😃!
I'd like to share with you some of the gems of knowledge which I dug up!
"Taxation without representation!" was the battle cry of the thirteen American Colonies. These thirteen American Colonies consisted of: Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts Bay, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
The Colonists made that declaration due to being forced to pay taxes to England's King George III, even though they had no representation whatsoever within the British Parliament.
On June 11, 1776, the Colonies' Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and formed a committee whose sole purpose was to draft a document that would formally sever all their ties with Great Britain.
The committee included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston.
Thomas Jefferson, who was considered the strongest and most eloquent writer, wrote the original draft document. It's recorded there were eight-six changes made to his draft (and I thought I edited my posts a lot!)
The Continental Congress officially adopted the final version on July 4th, 1776. This would eventually lead to the formation of The United States of America.
On July 6th, The Pennsylvania Evening Post became the very first newspaper to print The Declaration of Independence.
The very first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was held on July 8, 1776 in Philadelphia's Independence Square and was accompanied by the ringing of bells, band music, bonfires and firing of cannons.
Congress established Independence Day as a holiday in 1870, and in 1941 Congress reaffirmed it as a paid holiday for federal employees.
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