|Nashua, NH, fireworks displays in previous years|
Today, July 4, is the day set aside to celebrate the birth of the United States of America.
But, it's not actually when its independence was declared.
The actual vote for U.S. independence happened on July 2, 1776.
The Lee Resolution ( named for Richard Henry Lee of Virginia) also known as The Resolution for Independence was the formal assertion passed by the Second Continental Congress on this date. It resolved that the Thirteen Colonies in America were free and independent States, separated from the British Empire creating the United States of America.
So what happened July 4, 1776?
That's when, delegates from the 13 colonies at the Second Continental Congress unanimously approved (ratified) the Declaration of Independence (formally The unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America). This approval became the day know regarded as the birth of American independence.
The Declaration of Independence was not signed until nearly a month later on August 2, 1776 . That's when 56 delegates of the Second Continental Congress began signing it in Philadelphia, PA.
We're celebrating the holiday at home, so no airport or road traffic delays for us.
As in previous years, we'll watch fireworks from the riverbank near the mill apts.
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