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What You May Not Know About The Fourth Of July!

Published on 7/4/2018
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What You May Not Know
About The Fourth Of July!

Article by George Pierce
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John F. Kennedy reads the Declaration Of Independence

The Fourth Of July is a national holiday in the U.S.  It is known as Independence Day.  On July 2. 1776, the Continental Congress voted for independence.  On July 4th, 1776, it issued its declaration.  The Declaration Of Independence is looked upon as one of the most revered documents by U.S. citizens. 

What some folks may not realize is that the Revolutionary War unofficially began in about 1765.  The Thirteen Colonies began protesting against taxation without representation after the issuance of the Stamp Act by Great Britain. 

The Stamp Act was a direct tax and a law that required colonists to print many materials on embossed (stamped) paper from Great Britain.  The Stamp Act led to protests, boycotts, and the historical Boston Tea Party.  The Tea Party was a protest of the Tea Act which allowed the British East India Tea Company to sell tea in the colonies and avoid paying taxes except for those by the Townsend Act.   The Sons Of Liberty destroyed a shipment of tea, throwing much of it into Boston Harbor in December 1773. 


Fireworks are a 4th of July tradition.

Differences escalated between the colonies and Great Britain.  On April 19, 1775, an attempt to disarm the colonists led to open conflict.  This date marks the official start of the Revolutionary War. 

Independence was not gained on the Fourth Of July in 1776!  It was declared.  The fight for independence lasted over 8 years.  The war ended with Great Britain signing the Treaty of Paris on September 3, 1783.   It was not officially ratified until May 12, 1784. 

About the Declaration Of Independence:

Probably the most memorable lines are "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. "

In 2017, NPR tweeted the Declaration of Independence (DOI).  The DOI, in tune with the times in 1776, happens to be anti-military, pro-free trade, and pro-immigration.  Folks who might be unfamiliar with the DOI, could find it offensive. 

A line in the DOI that refers to King George is,  “A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”   If one were not aware that they were reading the DOI, this line could anger and did anger some of the followers of President Trump!

Is the DOI one of the greatest documents of all time?

Many Americans believe that it is. 

Courage and Commitment!

The DOI was signed by the members of the Continental Congress.  At that time, Great Britain was the most powerful empire in the world.  Our country's founders were putting there lives on the line!  Imagine the depth of character and commitment that these brave men showed by signing this revered document.


Parades are a 4th of July tradition.

The Signers of the Declaration Of Independence:

Georgia

Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton
North Carolina

William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina

Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton
Massachusetts

John Hancock
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Maryland

Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia

George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton
Pennsylvania

Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Delaware

Caesar Rodney

George Read

Thomas McKean
New York

William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey

Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark
New Hampshire

Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Matthew Thor
Rhode Island

Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Connecticut

Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
     
 
Thank you for reading, my friends.  I wish you a Happy Fourth Of July!
Much success,
George Pierce

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