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Independence Day

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain. This day has now become a national holiday where all Americans come together to celebrate the nation’s birthday and Independence Day.

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Jul 04, 2024, 12:00 AM

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By the 1870s, the Fourth of July was the most important secular holiday on the calendar. Congress passed a law making Independence Day a federal holiday on June 28, 1870. Even far-flung communities on the western frontier managed to congregate on Independence Day. Now, Americans come together on July 4 to celebrate the nation’s birthday and Independence Day every year. On this day, most Americans enjoy grills in their backyards, at beaches, or in parks. Some partake in parades or marches and enjoy the fireworks that are often launched at dusk. Click HERE to view the resources developed by National Today or click HERE to view the resources developed by The National Library of Congress.

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