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Independence day is a special event within the U.S., remembering the original Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.
On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a state of independence, proposed in June of the same year by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress composed the Declaration of Independence, explaining the decision. Congress finally approved this document on July 4.
In 1777, thirteen gunshots were fired in salute on July 4 in Bristol, Rhode Island. Philadelphia to celebrate the first anniversary of the event. The first recorded use of the name “Independence Day” occurred in 1791, finally becoming a holiday in 1870.
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