Independence day

Independence day

Updated Feb 14, 2014 at 12:50PM EST by Brad.

Added Apr 01, 2013 at 05:15PM EDT by Random 21.

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Independence day is a special event within the U.S., remembering the original Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.

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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[1] declaring the United States independent from Great Britain[2]. After voting for independence, Congress composed the Declaration of Independence, explaining the decision. Congress finally approved this document on July 4.

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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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[1]Wikipedia – Richard Henry Lee

[2]Wikipedia – British Empire

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