Why do we celebrate the 4th of July? Origin, meaning and what happened in 1776

The July 4 is Independence Day in the United States. On July 4, 1776, the United States gained independence from Great Britain by Continental Congress.

In an almost unanimous decision, 12 of the 13 North American colonies voted to separate from Britain.

July 4: why do the colonies want independence from Great Britain?

While some people remained loyal to the British crown, many wanted independence declared for a wide range of reasons:

  • High British taxes were imposed on the colonys, yet the colonies did not benefit from the taxes they paid and the settlers had no say in these taxes which were voted into law. An example is the Stamp Act of 1765, which taxed colonists for the paper they used.
  • Colonies were unable to send representatives to Parliament ask for more freedom to govern themselves.
  • North American settlers had a series of laws imposed on them and which control them.

Tensions were extremely high between the settlers and the British, and eventually a war broke out. This war is known today as the American Revolutionary War or the American Revolution.

When was the Declaration of Independence written?

Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert. R. Livingston wrote the Declaration of Independence, although Thomas Jefferson is the main author. The Declaration of Independence was officially adopted on July 4, 1776.

Why is the 4th of July celebrated with fireworks?

The historic day has become one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States. The use of fireworks has become an American tradition, although it is said to have been invented by the Chinese thousands of years ago.

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