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Today in History (1776): The Adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence

Here's a piece of patriotic history.

It’s the Fourth of July and our friends in the United States are undoubtedly all geared up for the Independence Day celebrations in their respective cities. Today is an American holiday indeed, a time to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

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The Declaration of Independence was drafted by American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, who was then serving in the Continental Congress. It was an announcement stating that the 13 American colonies, then in conflict with Great Britain, considered themselves as independent states and separate from the British Empire. Fifty-six representatives signed the declaration, the biggest and most noticeable of which was that of patriot and Congress president John Hancock. It is America’s most beloved symbol of freedom.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Now, don’t let me bore you with the details any further. Hop on to a carnival ride, join a parade, and enjoy the fireworks! How are you celebrating this year? Share your comments below, or better yet, write a requested post for the Magazine and earn precious Piggies for doing so.

Happy Fourth of July!

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written by jillytanrad

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