Monday, July 4, 2016

The Continental Congress Declared Independence on July 2nd, So Why Do We Celebrate It on July 4th?

                               Good Day World!

In America we're celebrating the 4th of July, a patriotic holiday, today...

A lot of people think the Continental Congress declared independence on July 4th. Wrong! July 2nd was when we actually declared our independence.

July 4th was when the Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence. 

July 4th became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August.

It's also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation.

July 4th was the date people remembered.

In 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4th to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas.

So, now you now you know the rest of the story.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

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