4th of July - Brief History July 4 - Independence Day
Updated: Jun 30, 2021
Birthday of the Future Superpower July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared the thirteen American colonies of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia 1776' it declared independence from Great Britain and formed the United States of America. There were 13 at the beginning, which is why the United States flag has 13 stripes. Actually, an interesting fact is that Congress voted to declare independence two days ago on July 2, but it was declared on July 4.
The Declaration of Independence was originally drafted by Thomas Jefferson in consultation with other famous committee members John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and William Livingston. With the start of the War of Independence, the Colonies sought greater independence and lower taxation, but in the middle of the following year, more colonialists began to support independence, thanks to the bestselling "Common Sense" pamphlet published by Thomas Paine in early 1776. But the 4th of July wasn't always a national holiday.
First, in 1870, the U.S. Congress made Independence Day a free holiday for federal employees. And finally, in 1938, the US Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.