Independence Day History

Every year on July 4 the United States celebrates Independence Day. On July 4, 1776, the United States claimed independence from Great Britain. Every July 4 since, America celebrates this historic day. Learn more about the history of July 4 by reading on.

On June 11, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to officially cut ties with Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson, an esteemed writer, drafted the document that was used to make the official declaration. The document was revised 86 times until the final version was signed by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

The first public readings of the document included ringing bells and band music. Bonfires and fireworks followed. These customs continued for years to come. Eventually picnics, games, military displays, and speeches followed. Today, the 4th of July is celebrated with cookouts, fireworks, bonfires, parades, and pool parties.

Did you know 56 people signed the Declaration of Independence? John Hancock’s signature is the most famous signature on the document because it’s the largest. Benjamin Franklin was the oldest signer at 70 years of age. The youngest signer was 26-year-old Edward Rutledge.

If you’re looking to add a new tradition to your annual July 4 celebration, consider making a donation to SRQ Vets. We are a local organization of veterans who serve our fellow local veterans. Your donation allows us to support veterans by connecting them to mental health services, providing them with home repairs and alterations, and improving their communities. For more information about SRQ Vets, browse our website or give us a call at 941-777-8387. We hope you will make SRQ Vets part of your 4th of July.

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