Today is Independence Day! On this day in 1776, the Second
Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. This
historic document severed all ties with Great Britain and established
many of our nation’s fundamental principles of freedom, including life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of
Independence, but four other delegates assisted him. Among them was John
Adams. Both Adams and Jefferson later served as President of the United
States, and both men passed away on July 4, 1826—the 50th anniversary
of our nation’s birth.
To celebrate the 4th of July, send a free eCard to friends and family, host a cookout, or watch your local fireworks display! Happy Birthday, America!
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