A Brief History of Independence Day


Happy Independence Day! Every year on the Fourth of July, the United States of America celebrates independence. This day symbolizes the start of a new nation when colonists declared their freedom from a king.

After Christopher Columbus announced his discovery of a new continent, many countries sent people to colonize it. Great Britain established many colonies in what we now call the United States. In time, Great Britain started to have money troubles to a long-running war. To help with this, they started to greatly increase taxes on their colonies. Many of the colonists disagreed with this far away country raising the taxes.

Independence Day Begins

This disagreement became heated. The people started to feel that the King violated their rights. At first, they tried to come to some sort of agreement through talk. Still, the King of Great Britain would not back down. Then in 1775, battles broke out between the colonists and the armed forces. A year later, seeing no peaceful resolution, the colonists declared independence. On July 2, 1776, the congress of the colonists approved declaring independence from their mother country. On July 4, 1776, Congress approved the Declaration of Independence document that they would send to the king. Then they created the United States of America.

After this date, the citizens of this new country celebrated each year on July 4th. Throughout the years, the celebrations have grown to include many fireworks and parties. Still, it took until 1870 before this date was adopted as a federal holiday. Then in 1941, the President made this day a paid national holiday.

I agree with our founding fathers. We have rights that cannot be taken away by those in power. As long as we are willing to stand and fight for our rights and beliefs we will have independence. Happy Independence Day to all.

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