The history of American Independence Day

Photo Source: ■ Newsroom While July 4th is synonymous with American independence, one of the United States’ founding fathers felt that July 2nd was a more appropriate date to celebrate the colonies’ declaration of independence from Great Britain. John Adams, who would serve as the second President of the United States, felt July 2nd was the correct date to celebrate the colonies’ independence and even protested July 4th by refusing invitations to appear at events on that day during his lifetime. Adams’ contention dates back to June 7, 1776, when Richard Henry Lee, the Virginia delegate of the Continental Congress, first introduced a motion calling for the colonies to declare

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