Celebrating the 4th of July — how it began

Photo Source: www.google.com ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter We celebrate our freedom from England on July 4, but it was on July 2, 1776 that representatives of the 13 original British colonies gathered in Philadelphia and signed a document we now celebrate as The Declaration of Independence. It has sometimes been confused with the U.S. Constitution. The complete signing did not take place until August 19, when we were in the second year of our war with England to secure us an independent nation. Actually the American Revolution began on April 19, 1775 at Lexington and Concord and hostilities did not end until the British defeat at Yorktown on

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