If you ask most Americans what Independence Day represents, you'll get various answers about the Revolutionary War, the Declaration of Independence, and our fight to become a nation.
July 4, 1776 was the day the Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence. Independence had been declared two days prior. Remember, things happened slowly in the 1700s!
In beautiful script, July 4, 1776 was the date included on the Declaration of Independence which would be signed August 2, 1776 in Pennsylvania by founding fathers like John Adams, Sam Adams, future president Benjamin Harrison and President of the Second Continental Congress John Hancock who signed the document with great flourish so "King George could read that without spectacles!"
After declaring independence, the fledgling country was hard at work quelling partisan conflicts and creating the foundation of a new nation; few Americans actually celebrated Independence Day in those days. But in 1870, nearly 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, congress declared July 4 to be a national holiday.
Coincidentally, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826. Having become friends and pen pals later in life, the two continued to discuss and argue the trajectory of the country they helped create.
Today, the Declaration of Independence is safely displayed at the National Archives in Washington D.C. and Americans celebrate this day with flags and fireworks remembering the sacrifices made to gain our independence.
At Elmer's Flag & Banner, we offer hundreds of American-made flags for your home and celebrations. Happy birthday America!
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