A Quick History of America's Independence, in 305 Speak
Baby, you're a firework and Independence Day is your holiday to slay! Yes, we love the pool parties 🏊, BBQs 🍔, celebratory concerts 🎶, Rosé All Day 🍷, but before you put on your cutest swimsuits, peep the quick history lesson below on Fourth of July and why it is totes important to our country. *cue fuzzy flashback sequence*
In case you've been living under a rock since 1776, the Fourth of July is celebrated each year as the day when the United States declared our independence from Great Britain.
Long before it became a federal holiday in 1941, Independence Day's a celebration that dates back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.
In April 1775, at the start of the first battles of the Revolutionary War, many colonists were totally cool with still being under British rule. However, by the middle of that year, many were like, "F*CK THAT SH*T!" and began favoring independence as hostilities towards Britain was brewing. 🐸🍵
On June 7, the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (later known as Independence Hall) in Philly, Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced the motion calling for the colonies’ independence. Things got HEATED, and Congress postponed the vote on Lee's resolution. Guess not much has changed? 🤔
A five-man committee was appointed to draft the formal statement to tell Britain and the Queen, "BYE GIRL BYE!" - Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York.
On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of our independence, and 2 days later on July 4th, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the colonies. We can thank Thomas Jefferson for drafting up a bulk of the historic document.
Fun Fact - On July 2nd, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that the big day “will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival” and that the celebrations should include “Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.” So you can thank Mr. Adams for giving us our annual Fourth of July party plans! 🎆