A brief history of Independence Day
This week, America will celebrate the 237th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July. The holiday will be full of events including parades, fireworks, cookouts, concerts, baseball games and other ceremonies.
We here at Mama’s Used Cars are breaking away from our usual car-related blogs to talk about the history of Independence Day and to share some lesser-known facts surrounding the holiday and its symbolism.
The Declaration of Independence was a statement explaining that the original 13 colonies were declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. The colonists had become fed up with the laws and rules put forth by the mother country. The Declaration was first approved by Congress in a closed session on July 2, 1776 but was revised and re-approved on July 4, 1776.
John Adams, who would become the second President of the United States, initially believed the celebration would happen on July 2, the date on the resolution of independence. Instead, Americans celebrated on the fourth of July, largely in part of the date shown on the Declaration.
Here are some other facts about the Fourth of July holiday:
- John Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence
- Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.
- The national flag was adopted on June 14, 1777 by the Continental Congress to promote national pride and unity.
- In 1804, the White House held its first public Fourth of July event.
- Two presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, died on July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the degree. James Monroe also passed away on July 4 in 1831, and President Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872.
- In 1938, Independence Day became a paid federal holiday.
- The “Salute to the Union,” a salute of one gun for each state in the United States is first on Independence Day at noon by any capable military base.