On July 4, 1776, we declared our independence from Britain and a democratic United States of America was born. Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the “land of the free and the home of the brave” so they can begin their American Dream.
Brief history of the Independence
In the 18th century Great Britain kept trying to make the colonists follow more rules and pay higher taxes. These colonists started getting upset and wanted to be able to make their own rules and regulations and become an independent country.
In 1776, Congress met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and they appointed a group of people to work together , called the committee, to help Americans become independent. The committee put a formal documentation to inform Great Britain about their intentions. Thomas Jefferson was told to write the first draft of the document. After the committee’s final revision of the document the Americans declared the the independence on July 2nd, 1776. They officially adopted it on July 4, 1776, therefore 4th of July is the official “Independence Day”. Just a few months later Congress had all the committee members sign the Declaration of Independence and by January of the next year the signed copies were sent out to all the states.
Declaration of Independence
Declaration of independence is a symbol* of our country's independence and commitment to certain ideas. The signers of the Declaration of Independence wanted the citizens of the United States to have a document that spelled out what was important to our leaders and citizens. The people who signed the Declaration risked being severely punished by the leaders in Great Britain. It was a huge risk to their life and they had to be very brave to sign something that would be considered a crime.
Importance of Liberty Bell
The Liberty Bell is a huge bronze bell that symbolizes freedom in the United States of America. The bell was originally cast in 1752 in London, England and was later secured in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The bell rung at the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia (on July 8, 1776). It rang to announce many important events in early American history, including Presidential elections and deaths.
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The stars on the original American flag were arranged in a circle to ensure that all colonies were equal, along with the thirteen stripes that exist on our flag today.
Revolutionary: Engaged in or promoting political revolution