Happy Independence Day!
Patriotism Prevails & Our Nation is Born
Declaration of Independence
On July 4, 1776, the Thirteen Colonies declared their independence from Great Britain and became known as the United States of America.
John Adams (2nd U.S. President), spoke of this day – Independence Day, as being, “The most memorable epoch in the history of America…it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival…It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
The American Revolution
Throughout the 1750s and 1760s, tensions rose between Great Britain and her Thirteen North American colonies, due to the colonial struggle against the economic and political policies of Britain. The result: a break-out of fighting in 1775 at Lexington and Concord. This marked the beginning of the American Revolutionary War (1775 – 1783), also known as the American War of Independence.
At the start of the war, the Americans were without a regular army or “standing army”, but each colony traditionally had its own defenses through a local militia. Seeking to coordinate military efforts and increase patriotic force, the Continental Congress established the Continental Army in June 1775, and appointed George Washington as commander-in-chief.
During the American Revolutionary War, the Continental Marines were formed at the Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Pa. on Nov. 10, 1775 by a resolution of the Continental Congress, marking Nov. 10 as the official birthday of the Marine Corps.
After the American victory at Saratoga in 1777, France, Spain, and the Netherlands entered the war against Great Britain. A naval victory in the Chesapeake led to the surrender of a British army at Yorktown in 1781, which crushed political support in London.
Ultimately, the Treaty of Paris in 1783 was signed and recognized the independence of the United States…Patriotism prevailed and our independence was won!
Independence Day is the only holiday that celebrates the United States as a whole. Americans across the country will patriotically come together with family & friends at parades, barbecues, picnics, sporting events, firework shows and more!!
-Fireworks have been a part of the 4th of July celebration since 1777.
-Of all U.S. states, the town of Bristol, Rhode Island is noted for having the oldest and most continuous Independence Day celebration.
-Since 1959, NASCAR has held the Pepsi Firecracker 400 on 4th of July weekend.
-Since July 4, 1916 – the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is held in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY.
-Major and minor league baseball games are played & much more!