We all know why we celebrate Fourth of July, but it’s always good to brush up on some Fourth of July history.
On July 4th, 1776, there were thirteen colonies lead by England. Those colonies were made up of current New England States and some southeastern states.
Conflicts had been surging between England and the colonies for a year by the time they all met for the Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776.
On June 7th, Richard Henry Lee proposed a resolution. His famous words were the start of the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. He said, “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”
So, nearly a month later, on July 1st, the Continental Congress reconvened with a Declaration drafted by our Founding Fathers. After revisions, the Declaration of Independence was signed on the 4th of July, supported by nine out of thirteen colonies.
And that, folks, is why we have barbecues and fireworks. Now go celebrate!