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The History Behind The Celebration

"And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land unto
all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man
unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family." Leviticus 25:10

Independence Day , in the U.S., an annual holiday commemorating the formal adoption
by the Continental Congress of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776,
inPhiladelphia.Although the signing of the Declaration was not completed until August,
the Fourth of July holiday has been accepted as the official anniversary of United States
independence and is celebrated in all states and territories of the U.S. The holiday was first
observed in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776, at which time the Declaration of Independence was
read aloud, city bells rang, and bands played. It was not declared a legal holiday , however, until
1941. The Fourth is traditionally celebrated publicly with parades and pageants, patriotic speeches,and organized firing of guns and cannons and displays of fireworks; early in the 20th century public concern for a safe and sane holiday resulted in restrictions
on general use of fireworks. Family picnics and outings are a feature of private Fourth of July celebrations.
Independence Day Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia. 1993-1997 Microsoft Corporation.
All rights reserved.

"For freedom did Christ set us free stand fast therefore and be not
entangled again in a yoke of bondage." Galatians 5:1

How does your family celebrate Independence Day?

Our family lives in Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston is located in the
south-eastern part of the United States on the Atlantic Ocean. Charleston was founded in 1670
at Albemarle Point on the western bank of the Ashley River and named Charles Town in honor of Charles II , king of England. The settlement was moved to its present peninsular site in
1680. During the American Revolution , it repulsed two British naval attacks 1776 and 1779 but was captured in 1780 and occupied until 1782. In 1783 it was incorporated as a city and
its name was shortened to Charleston.
(Microsoft Encarta)

"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal."

-Thomas Jefferson


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"and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
John 8:32


Fireworks, incendiary devices or materials used for signaling or entertainment, and sometimes known as pyrotechnics. The term pyrotechnics also connotes the skills involved in the making and employment of such illuminative materials. Fireworks include substances or devices that produce, when ignited or activated, sound, smoke, motion, or a combination of these; thus military flare and smoke devices are also considered fireworks. Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia. 1993-1997 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


Would you like to see fireworks?
Over Washington DC?
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star "The Story of America's Birthday!" star

At the time of the signing the US consisted of 13 colonies under the rule of England's King George III. There was growing unrest in the colonies concerning the taxes that had to be paid to England. This was commonly referred to as "Taxation without Representation" as the colonists did not have any representation in the English Parliament and had no say in what went on. As the unrest grew in the colonies, King George sent extra troops to help control any rebellion. In 1774 the 13 colonies sent delegates to Philadelphia Pennsylvania to form the First Continental Congress. The delegates were unhappy with England, but were not yet ready to declare war.


In April 1775 as the King's troops advanced on Concord Massachusetts Paul Revere would sound the alarm that "The British are coming, the British are coming" as he rode his horse through the late night streets. The battle of Concord and it's "shot heard round the world" would mark the unofficial beginning of the colonies war for Independence.


The following May the colonies again sent delegates to the Second Continental Congress. For almost a year the congress tried to work out it's differences with England, again without formally declaring war.


By June 1776 their efforts had become hopeless and a committee was formed to compose a formal declaration of independence. Headed by Thomas Jefferson, the committee included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Philip Livingston and Roger Sherman. Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write the first draft which was presented to the congress on June 28. After various changes a vote was taken late in the afternoon of July 4th. Of the 13 colonies, 9 voted in favor of the Declaration, 2 - Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted No, Delaware undecided and New York abstained.


To make it official John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence. It is said that John Hancock's signed his name "with a great flourish" so "King George can read that without spectacles!".


The following day copies of the Declaration were distributed. The first newspaper to print the Declaration was the Pennsylvania Evening Post on July 6, 1776. On July 8th the Declaration had it's first public reading in Philadelphia's Independence Square. Twice that day the Declaration was read to cheering crowds and pealing church bells. Even the bell in Independence Hall was rung. The "Province Bell" would later be renamed "Liberty Bell" after it's inscription -

Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants Thereof

And although the signing of the Declaration was not completed until August, the 4th of July has been accepted as the official anniversary of United States independence. The first Independence Day celebration took place the following year - July 4 1777. By the early 1800s the traditions of parades, picnics, and fireworks were established as the way to celebrate America's birthday. And although fireworks have been banned in most places because of their danger, most towns and cities usually have big firework displays for all to see and enjoy.
(Taken from Independence on the Net)




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Signers of the Declaration of Independence
from the state of South Carolina:

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

Read the Text of the Declaration of Independence




Visit Independence Hall

Independence Hall is, by every estimate, the birthplace of the United States. It was within its walls
that the Declaration of Independence was adopted. It was here that the Constitution of the
United States was debated, drafted and signed.


Liberty Bell
Visit the Homepage of the
Liberty Bell

A chime that changed the world occurred on July 8, 1776, when the Liberty Bell rang out from
the tower of Independence Hall summoning citizens to hear the first public reading of
Independence by the Declaration of Colonel John Nixon.



Virtual Marching Tour of the American Revolution!
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Uncle Sam Bear

 Uncle Sam, nickname and cartoon image used to personify the U.S. government. It is derived from the initials U.S. and was first popularized on supply containers during the War of 1812. The first visual representation or caricature of an Uncle Sam figure, attired in stars and stripes, appeared in political cartoons in 1832. The character came to be seen as a shrewd Yankee, possibly after the character Brother Jonathan in the play The Contrast 1787 by Royall Tyler. In the 20th century Uncle Sam has usually been depicted with a short beard, high hat, and tailed coat. In 1961 the U.S. Congress adopted the figure as a national symbol. (Microsoft Encarta)


Visit the Uncle Sam Image Gallery!"


"I know not what course others may take
but as for me, give me liberty or give me death."

-Patrick Henry


The Pledge of Allegiance


I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Do you know the story of the flag?

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Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag. When we view the flag, we think of liberty, freedom, pride, and Betsy Ross. The American flag flies on the moon, sits atop Mount Everest, is hurtling out in space. The flag is how America signs her name.

Visit the home of Betsy Ross!

Ay, tear her tattered ensign down!
Long has it waved on high,
And many an eye has danced to see
That banner in the sky.
Oliver Wendell Holmes in "Old Ironsides"


Do you know the proper etiquettefor the flag
of the United States of America?


What do the red, white, and blue of the flag represent?

The Continental Congress left no record to show why it chose the colors. However, in 1782, the Congress of the Confederation chose these same colors for the Great Seal of the United States and listed their meaning as follows: white to mean purity and innocence, red for valor and hardiness, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. According to legend, George Washington interpreted the elements of the flag this way: the stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes signified the secession from the home country. However, there is no official designation or meaning for the colors of the flag. (Betsy Ross Homepage)

Francis Scott Key, American lawyer and poet, who wrote the lyrics for The Star-Spangled Banner, the United States national anthem. He was born in Frederick County (now Carroll County), Maryland, and practiced law in Maryland and in the District of Columbia. During the War of 1812 Key witnessed the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor. The sight of the American flag still flying over the fort at daybreak inspired him to write the poem The Star-Spangled Banner, which he set to the tune of an English drinking song, To Anacreon in Heaven. The Star-Spangled Banner became the official United States national anthem in 1931. Key also wrote The Power of Literature and Its Connection with Religion1834 and Poems (posthumously published, 1857).Key, Francis Scott, Microsoft\Encarta 98 Encyclopedia. Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Why are the stars in a circle?

The stars were in a circle so that no one colony would be viewed above another. It is reported that George Washington said, "Let the 13 stars in a circle stand as a new constellation in the heavens." (Betsy Ross Homepage)

Why is the flag called "Old Glory"?

In 1831, Captain Stephen Driver, a shipmaster from Salem, Massachusetts, left on one of his many world voyages. Friends presented him with a flag of 24 stars. As the banner opened to the ocean breeze, he exclaimed, "Old Glory." He kept his flag for many years, protecting it during the Civil War, until it was flown over the Tennessee capital. His "Old Glory" became a nickname for all American flags. (Betsy Ross Homepage)

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Betsy Ross Homepage
United States Flag Page
History of the Flag
Respect the Flag

July friends

"If therefore the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Declaration of Independence was signed by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the largest city of Pennsylvania and the fifth largest city in the United States. Philadelphia is located in the southeastern corner of the state, at the junction of the Delaware River and Schuylkill River. Philadelphia is about 100 miles from the Atlantic Oceanand is located about halfway between New York City and Washington, D.C..

Because of the prevailing westerly winds that sweep weather systems eastward from the interior of
the continent, the Atlantic Ocean has a relatively small effect on Pennsylvania climate. The state has climates that are generally known as humid continental. There are distinct seasonal variations and an abundance of rainfall. Pennsylvania, Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia. 1993-1997
Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

George Washington

The Delaware river is one of the major rivers of the eastern United States. In 1776, George Washington led his troops across the Delaware to defeat German mercenaries allied with the
British in the Battle of Trenton.


In 1861, the land was granted by Charles II of England to William Penn. In 1683, the city became the capital of the newly created colony of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia played a big role in the events leading to the American Revolution. (1775-1783) . The Continental Congress met in Philadelphia from 1774 to 1776 and the Declaration of Independence was signed there in 1776.


Map of Philadelphia in present day.

Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was a statesman and diplomat for the newly formed United States, as well
as a prolific author and inventor. Franklin helped draft, and then signed, the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and he was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. As a civic leader, he initiated a number of new programs in Philadelphia, including a fire company, fire
insurance, a library, and a university. (Microsoft Encarta)

Pocono Mtns.

Pocono Mountains: At lower elevations Pennsylvania contains hardwood forests typical of the southeastern part of the United States, while at higher elevations trees common to northern forests predominate. Together the forests cover about three-fifths of the state land area. Here, rich, green
forests spread across the Pocono Mountains near the New Jersey border. Pocono Mtns. Vacation Bureau, Inc. Pocono Mountains,"
Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia. 1993-1997
Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.



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Visit the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Location: Liberty Bell Pavilion, Market Street between 5th & 6th, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell, historic bell in Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, rung on July 8, 1776, after the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence . The bell weighs 943.5 kg (2080 lb) and is 3.7 m (12 ft) in circumference at the lip. The bell bears the following inscription: Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land unto All the Inhabitants Thereof. Leviticus XXV:X. The bell was ordered in 1751 and was cast in London. It arrived in Philadelphia in August 1752 and was cracked while being tested. It was melted down, and a second bell was cast in April 1753, but this one was also defective. A third was cast in June of that year, by the firm of Pass and Stowe in Philadelphia. On June 7, 1753, the third bell was hung in the tower of Independence Hall. In 1777, during the American Revolution , British troops occupied Philadelphia. The bell was removed from the tower and taken to Allentown, Pennsylvania, for safekeeping. It was returned to Philadelphia and replaced in Independence Hall in 1778. Thereafter, the bell was rung on every July 4 and on every state occasion until 1835, when, according to tradition, it cracked as it was being tolled for the death of Chief Justice John Marshall. The bell was moved to its present location in a glass pavilion near Independence Hall in 1976.Liberty Bell, Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia. 1993-1997 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved

History Links


Journey Towards Freedom The Revolutionary Ward
American Memories A Historical Collection
Archiving Early America
Declaration of Independece homepage
U.S. History


George Washington Links

George Washington
Mount Vernon Home Page
George Washington Page at the White House
George Washington - Mr. President
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
Sulgrave Manor, the English Ancestral Home of George Washington
Papers of George Washington
Washington Crossing the Delaware
George Washington's First Inaugural Address
George Washington's Journal
Portraits & Statues of Washington in Washington
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