Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which on July 4th, 1776 established the thirteen colonies as separate States composing the United States of America. We parted from Great Britain, which was ruled by King George III (who showed signs of madness).
John Adams was a major force behind American independence. He pushed to have Thomas Jefferson, a man of many contradictions, draft the Declaration. While congress actually voted for independence on July 2nd, the Declaration of Independence was ratified on the 4th--and that's why we celebrate the Fourth of July.
Both John Adams and Benjamin Franklin gave Jefferson's draft the once-over.
The American Declaration of Independence inspired many countries, including the French.
If you're looking for a good book to give to young children to teach them about Independence Day, try The Fourth of July Story.
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