The Fourth of July is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States, and for good reason—Independence Day celebrates the day the original 13 colonies announced their separation from Great Britain. While that’s the gist of it, there’s more Fourth of July history to be told. Here are a few more facts from us here at Blackburn Nissan.
The initial battles of the American Revolution began in April 1775, but few colonists wanted an all-out war with the world’s greatest power of the age. Taxation with representation drove more and more colonists to change their view and, by July 1776, the scales tipped.
While the Fourth of July was official made a federal holiday in 1941, its roots are found in the late 1700s during the American Revolution. On July 2, 1772, the Continental Congress voted to declare independence. The Declaration was drafted two days, on July 4, by Thomas Jefferson, unofficially marking the early days of the United States of America.
Prior to the war, annual celebrations had taken place on the king’s birthday. Following the war, some colonists chose instead to hold mock funerals for their defeated king. Festivities, such as concerts, parades, and public readings of the Declaration of Independence, took place as well. Many of those traditions continue to this day. Cities around the country hold parades and concerts as well as fireworks displays each Fourth of July.