Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.
Publishing documents on edocr is a proven way to start demand generation for your products and services. Thousands of professionals and businesses publish marketing (brochures, data sheets, press releases, white papers and case studies), sales (slides, price lists and pro-forma agreements), operations (specifications, operating manuals, installation guides), customer service (user manuals) and financial (annual reports and financial statements) documents making it easier for prospects and customers to find content, helping them to make informed decisions.
edocr & my.edocr are committed to making your documents work harder for you every day! If you build a great profile page, with links to social media and your website, you make our job of helping you so much easier!
The Declaration of Independence: The Story of the Fourth of July
The Story of the Fourth of July
The Declaration of Independence
We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day
that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an
But July 4, 1776 wasn't the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that
on July 2, 1776).
It wasn't the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775).
And it wasn't the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in
June 1776). Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn't happen until November
1776). Or the date it was signed (that was August 2, 1776).
So what did happen on July 4, 1776?
The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They'd
been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the
edits and changes.
July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten
copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It's also the
date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated
throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date
In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the
Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we'd followed this same approach for
the Declaration of Independence we'd being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day
the Declaration of Independence was signed