Fireworks all across the Nation as Americans celebrated their longtime tradition Independence Day
Today, everyone celebrated this special day full of fireworks, parades, barbeques, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, sales, deals, coupons and more while Americans fully enjoyed fireworks displays all over places such as Macy’s NY, Boston, Richmond VA, Washington DC, Chicago’s Navy Pier, Philadelphia, Lenox Square in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Seattle, San Diego and many more.
Amidst all the light and dazzle and parties, we sometimes tend to forget the reason for this celebration, what happened 300 yrs ago on the day of July 4 hundreds of years ago which started an everlasting tradition of the Independence Day Celebrations.
Back in 1776, at the time of the signing, the US consisted of 13 colonies under the rule of England’s King George III. There was growing unrest in the colonies concerning the taxes that had to be paid to England and as the colonists did not have any representation in the English Parliament, had no say in what went on. In 1774, the 13 colonies sent delegates to Philadelphia Pennsylvania to form the First Continental Congress. The delegates were unhappy with England, but were not yet ready to declare war. Soon after, by June 1776 their efforts had become hopeless and a committee was formed to compose a formal declaration of independence. Headed by Thomas Jefferson, the committee included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert R. Livingston and Roger Sherman. Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write the first draft which was presented to the congress on June 28. After various changes a vote was taken late in the afternoon of July 4th. Of the 13 colonies, 9 voted in favor of the Declaration, 2 – Pennsylvania and South voted No, Delaware undecided and New York abstained.
Cool Fact here: To make it official John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence. It is said that John Hancock signed his name “with a great flourish” so “King George can read that without spectacles!”
And although the signing of the Declaration was not completed until August, the 4th of July has been accepted as the official anniversary of United States independence. By the early 1800s the traditions of parades, picnics, and fireworks were established as the way to celebrate America’s birthday. And thanks to the effort of all the americans in the past we now have the pleasure of enjoying this very memorable date as we pay tribute back in that memory.
Happy Birthday America!