Celebrating the Independence of America and 4th of July Activities
Before we get to the 4th of July Activities let’s take a look as to what we are celebrating. As we approach the celebration of America’s independence from Great Britain lets look back to when it all started. First, during the Revolutionary War in 1775 many colonists wanted to be independent from Great Britain but many others did not. Next, in 1776 many other colonists started favoring the idea of being independent; June of 1776 is when the Continental Congress had a meeting to introduce the motion for the colonies’ independence. They appointed 5 men to draft a formal statement explaining why they wanted to break away from Great Britain; Those 5 men were; Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, and Robert Livingston. Finally, as a result of the committee, On July 2nd the congress voted in favor but was not formally adopted by the Continental Congress until the 4th of July!
Massachusetts was the first state to make July 4th an official state holiday. However, Independence Day did not become a federal holiday until 1870 and was not a paid holiday until 1941. As we remember our founding fathers, the sacrifices of our soldiers past and present, and the battles fought to make us the great nation we are, lets always remember what and who we are celebrating on this great day.
Now let’s get into some 4th of July activities to do:
■ 5th Annual Rib Fest 7/1 – 7/4 Canterbury Village Orion Twp MI
■ Independence Fest: Clintonwood Park 6000 Clarkston Rd Clarkston, MI
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