By Kid Reporter: Ishaan, Age 9.
In 1774, 12 Representatives out of the 13 colonies met in the First Continental Congress. They wrote Rights and addressed it to King George the III. King George the III got angry and considered the people of the First Continental Congress traitors.
In 1775 the British and the Americans fought in Lexington and Concord. In that year the Second Continental Congress thought of what to do. But a lot of colonists were still against declaring independence from England. Then in January 1776 Thomas Paine wrote a small book or a pamphlet called Common Sense. In the book he said that the 13 colonies weren't getting anything by their relationship with England. So it is Common Sense to be different countries.
In June, 1776 a declaration committee was formed that included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, John Adams, and Robert R. Livingston. Thomas Jefferson was the one chosen to write the first draft of the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. Benjamin Franklin and John Adams Edited the declaration of independence. They just had to fix minor mistakes but, were happy with what Thomas Jefferson had written.
The continental Congress adopted the declaration of independence on July, 4 1776. That is why the people of America celebrate "America's Birthday" with Fireworks and BBQs on July Fourth. On August, 2nd 1776, the delegates in the US house of Representatives formally signed an official copy of the declaration of independence. That is how Independence day was created.
I celebrate Independence day by going with my friends to see the Fireworks.