All of us at The Ultimate Fundraiser would like to wish everyone out there a happy independence day! Have fun and be safe. Here’s a little bit of related history.
Did you know that the Continental Congress actually declared independence on July 2, 1776 and not July 4, 1776. So, July 2 is the actual day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the USA. The United States Declaration of Independence announced that the 13 American colonies at war with Great Britain were no longer a part of the British Empire. Neither was July 4th the day that Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence, which happened in June 1776.
So here’s what happened on July 4, 1776 — the Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence, which they had been working on. The draft was submitted on July 2nd and all the edits and changes were finalized on July 4. So, July 4, 1776 was the date included on the Declaration of Independence and the handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence was signed in August 1776. July 4, 1776 was also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the printed copies that were circulated throughout the new nation, therefore cementing July 4 in people’s memories as the day that independence was declared. So, that in brief is how July 4th stole the limelight from July 2nd in 1776.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
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