‘You have to love a Nation that celebrates it’s Independence every 4th of July, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics.’
On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom. The Committee of Five Founding Fathers – Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston – drafted the document with Jefferson writing most of its content.
On July 4, 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the newly independent nation; today, America’s population is more than 323 million. Independence Day became a federal holiday in 1870.