Every year, America celebrates the independence they won during The Revolutionary War (1775 to 1783) from Great Britain. Though the budding nation’s Continental Congress voted to accept the Declaration of Independence on July 2, 1776, it would be the 4th of July that would become the date of renown. July 4, 1776 is the date the original 13 colonies adopted the historic document written by Thomas Jefferson. When it was first publicly read in Philadelphia’s Independence Square, on July 8, 1776, it was celebrated with bells and music. When it was celebrated the next year, in 1777, bonfires and fireworks were added to the festivities. Hence, the birth of our traditional holiday.

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