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21 Facts About The Fourth Of July

by cbuelow
FireworksflagThe 231st celebration of the Declaration of Independence is upon us, and America is ready to celebrate! Fire up the grill and break out your hot dogs and hamburgers, because the 4th of July is just around the corner.

Although our nation's real independence began at the end of the Revolutionary War on September 3rd in 1783 and President John Adams originally thought Americans would be celebrating a different day- July 2nd - as a commemoration of our country's freedom, Americans still look to the 4th to celebrate the birthday of America.

July 2nd was the day when Adams and the rest of his colleagues signed the Declaration of Independence, while the 4th was simply the day Americans accepted the document. Although correct in assuming the day would be "solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shows, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more," Adams simply missed the mark by 48 hours.

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