I'm so excited that I get to share my "Happy Birthday America" post TODAY on the Fourth of July! Two hundred and forty-two years of celebrating America as a country!
PRAISE THE LORD!
I thought it would be fun to share some fun and interesting facts concerning Independence Day! Some of the facts were used in last year's post, but much of the information is brand NEW and LOTS OF FUN!
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
The Colonists were fed up with 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.
Thomas Jefferson, who was considered the strongest and most eloquent writer, wrote the original draft document. It's recorded that 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 was the first newspaper to publish 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.
Fifty-six men signed The Declaration of Independence, however, they did not all sign the document on the same day. John Hancock was the first man to sign on July 4, 1776. The other signatures were added at various dates, the last being Matthew Thornton from New Hampshire on November 4, 1776.
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