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Independence Day (United States)

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. The Congress actually voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2.

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I seriously don't know whether to laugh at or to weep for these Americans who apparently don't know much about these BASIC facts of our nation's history

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July 4th was the point of no return for the 13 now independent colonies. Before then the colonies still wanted to be a part of England and stated that they were still loyal to the king. However, when the king rejected the Olive Branch Petition, a document where the colonists proclaimed their loyalty to the king and pleaded with him to stop fighting, they faced the facts they were at the crossroads and could not return to England safely. So they asked Thomas Jefferson to draft the Declaration of Independence. 55 men signed the document, and in controversy America was born

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