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4th of July

The legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain in 1776 occurred on July 2, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence declaring the United States independent from Great Britain's. After voting for independence, Congress voted for Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author and approved it two days later on July 4. Most historians, however, have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.

Since that, Americans celebrate independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.
A US Navy (USN) Color Guard from the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) presents the Colors as a crowd stand up while the National Anthem is played before a fireworks display at the Esplanade on the Charles River in Boston.  The KEARSARGE is participating in the annual Fourth of July celebration Boston Harborfest 2006 which is attended by more than two million people
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Goldsmith Maid and American Girl: in the "brush home" of their capital race of six closely contested heats over the Union Course L.I. July 4th 1868

Goldsmith Maid and American Girl: in the "brush home" of their capital...

Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 2625

Portraits and autograph signatures of the framers and signers of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia, July 4th. 1776 / Thos. Hunter, lith. Philada.

Portraits and autograph signatures of the framers and signers of the D...

Print showing bust portraits of most of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, includes facsimile signatures, vignettes showing the Liberty Bell and military weapons, as well as views of the "State Hou... more

["The day we celebrate" 1876] / painted by F.A. Chapman ; engraved by John C. McRae, N.Y.

["The day we celebrate" 1876] / painted by F.A. Chapman ; engraved by ...

Print shows a large gathering of people picnicking, playing games, and enjoying the Independence Day celebration outdoors among large trees and open lawn, with a distant view of a railroad train passing and of ... more

[Richard Henry Lee reading the original document of the Declaration of Independence, on the Fourth of July 1876, at Philadelphia]

[Richard Henry Lee reading the original document of the Declaration of...

Illus. in: The Illustrated London News, 1876 July 29, p. 109. Reference copy in LOT 4435-A. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Exhibitions; Declaration of Indepe... more

The Glorious Day We Celebrate

The Glorious Day We Celebrate

Composite of caricatures depicting the celebraton of the 4th of July, 1876 and events leading to Independence. Illus. in: Harper's Weekly, 1876 July 15, p. 587. Reference copy may be in LOT 4435A. This record c... more

[Illumination of Independence Hall, Philadelphia, during the International Centennial, July 4, 1876]

[Illumination of Independence Hall, Philadelphia, during the Internati...

Wood engraving from a drawing by Schell and Hogan. Illus. in: Harper's Weekly (1876 July 22), p. 593. Reference copy in LOT 4435-A. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card, with subsequent r... more

Puck's pyrotechnics - Fourth-of-July fireworks free to all / Opper & Co.

Puck's pyrotechnics - Fourth-of-July fireworks free to all / Opper & C...

Print shows a fireworks display with Puck bowing on a stage in front of a "Fan Light" featuring the likenesses of William H. Vanderbilt, Russell Sage, Cyrus W. Field, and Jay Gould; on stage with Puck is a hand... more

A new declaration of independence in the year 1885 / Gillam.

A new declaration of independence in the year 1885 / Gillam.

Illustration shows President Cleveland standing at a table, his right hand on a long document labeled "Declaration of Independence July 4th 1885" that trails off the table, stating "When, in the course of human... more

3 illus.: 1. Official presentation of the Statue of "Liberty enlightening the world," Paris, July 4th, 1884 - 2. M. Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi [head and shoulders] - 3. Sectional view of statue, showing iron core and braces

3 illus.: 1. Official presentation of the Statue of "Liberty enlighten...

Title and other information transcribed from caption card. Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, vol. 60 (1885 June 13), p. 1. Reference copy may be available in LOT 4383-A. Caption card tracings: St... more

"Independence Day" of the future / C.J. Taylor.

"Independence Day" of the future / C.J. Taylor.

Print shows a future 4th of July celebration where women have gained suffrage and equality; it shows young and old women ringing a bell labeled "Equal Rights", as women emerge from underground and participate i... more

Have we improved upon our manner of celebrating the Fourth? looking south on Broadway from corner of Cortlandt Street, 1834 / / drawn by Dan Beard.

Have we improved upon our manner of celebrating the Fourth? looking so...

Crowd of people celebrating the Fourth of July with soldiers on parade, New York City. Illus. in: Harper's weekly, 1894 July 7, p. 641.

The boss of the bosses / C.J. Taylor.

The boss of the bosses / C.J. Taylor.

Print shows a fireworks display that forms a chariot or wagon labeled "McKinleyism" driven by "boss" Mark A. "Hanna" with Thomas C. "Platt", Matthew S. "Quay", and Joseph H. "Manley" as chained, submissive, pri... more

A fourth of July celebration under difficulties / Dalrymple.

A fourth of July celebration under difficulties / Dalrymple.

Print shows President McKinley, as a young boy, attempting to light the fuse to a fireworks-rocket labeled "Prosperity" using "McKinley Administration Matches" during a rain storm beneath dark clouds labeled "T... more

Celebrating July 4th, 1898 - "the triumph of the American battle-ship" / Keppler.

Celebrating July 4th, 1898 - "the triumph of the American battle-ship"...

Print shows a gleeful Uncle Sam sitting with John Bull, who is a sailor representing England, and six figures representing "Spain", "Italy" (Umberto I), "Austria" (Franz Joseph I), "France", Germany (William II... more

July 4th
July 4th
Tug-of-war, Fourth of July

Tug-of-war, Fourth of July

Tug of war contest on street in Skagway, Alaska, on the 4th of July showing participants and a large group of spectators. No. 109. Forms part of: Frank and Frances Carpenter collection (Library of Congress).

Our young Filipinos in holiday attire at the Fourth of July celebration, Manila, P.I. [holding U.S. flags]

Our young Filipinos in holiday attire at the Fourth of July celebratio...

This record contains unverified data from caption card.

July 4th
Fourth of July, Skagway

Fourth of July, Skagway

View of street in Skagway, Alaska, on the 4th of July showing a group of spectators watching a tug of war contest (not shown). No. 107. Forms part of: Frank and Frances Carpenter collection (Library of Congress).

July 4th
July 4th 1901 / K.

July 4th 1901 / K.

Illustration shows 4th of July fireworks spelling out the word "Freedom" above an eagle forming the great seal of the United States hovering over a bird nest with four chicks labeled "Philippines, Cuba, Hawaii,... more

July the 4th 1902 / L.M. Glackens.

July the 4th 1902 / L.M. Glackens.

Illustration shows Uncle Sam hugging a youthful John Bull on the Fourth of July cover, with firecrackers on both sides of the cover image and a remarque across the bottom showing a Revolutionary War soldier sen... more

A false alarm on the fourth / K.

A false alarm on the fourth / K.

Illustration shows Uncle Sam, holding a firecracker, trying to reassure a concerned-looking female figure with wings labeled "Peace" that all the noise she hears is for the celebration of the Fourth of July. Ce... more

Puck July the fourth 1903 / L.M. Glackens.

Puck July the fourth 1903 / L.M. Glackens.

Illustration shows a crowd of people wearing colonial dress gathered around an old man who is firing off a cannon during the Fourth of July celebration, 1903. Title from item. Illus. in: Puck, v. 53, no. 1374 (... more

Puck July 4th 1904 / Frank A. Nankivell.

Puck July 4th 1904 / Frank A. Nankivell.

Illustration shows two female drummers and a young woman bursting from a firecracker; the title "Puck" is formed from firecrackers. Title from item. Illus. in: Puck, v. 55, no. 1426 (1904 June 29), 4th of July ... more

The morning after / Keppler.

The morning after / Keppler.

Illustration shows a bald eagle bruised and battered, standing on a pile of spent fireworks, following the celebration of the fourth of July. Title from item. Illus. in: Puck, v. 57, no. 1479 (1905 July 5), cov... more

[American Colony children in Fourth of July pageant, Jerusalem, showing boys lined up holding toy rifles and Anna Grace and Tanetta Vester holding flags]

[American Colony children in Fourth of July pageant, Jerusalem, showin...

Title devised by Library staff. In album: Portraits of the Vester and Whiting families and other members of the American Colony (Jerusalem), [p. 20, bottom] (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.18415) Forms part ... more

Puck fourth of July 1905 / Frank A. Nankivell.

Puck fourth of July 1905 / Frank A. Nankivell.

Illustration shows a crowd of people celebrating a spinning firework display showing the head of Uncle Sam at center. Title from item. Illus. in: Puck, v. 57, no. 1478 (1905 June 28), cover. Copyright 1905 by K... more

The Fourth of July (1) The Day Before

The Fourth of July (1) The Day Before

Child wearing hat, with arms full of fireworks and U.S. flag. Stereo by Universal View Co., copyrighted by E.W. Kelley. No. 6214. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracin... more

The Fourth of July. (1) The day before

The Fourth of July. (1) The day before

Child with flag and fireworks. Stereo copyrighted by E.W. Kelley. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. See variant stereo filed under: Children Misc. 1906. Caption card tracings: Shelf.... more

July 4th

July 4th

Photograph shows little boy holding three large firecrackers and an American flag. Copyright 1906 by F. A. Loumis. Title from item.

Setting 'em off / Frank A. Nankivell.

Setting 'em off / Frank A. Nankivell.

Illustration shows exploding firecrackers labeled "Land Grafter, Congressman, Financier, Senator, Deliberate & Unqualified, Rail Road Pres., Undesirable Citizen, [and] Nature Faker" that were ignited using a "T... more

[Panorama, crowds at Squires - Burns international contest from centre of ring, Colma, July 4th, 1907]

[Panorama, crowds at Squires - Burns international contest from centre...

H97267 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright deposit; Miles Brothers; July 11, 1907. Title derived from copyright deposit records. On wooden stand at left: "Miles Bros., the moving picture people, New York and San Francisco."

The annual pleasantry / Keppler.

The annual pleasantry / Keppler.

Illustration shows a fourth of July celebration with a man standing on a large podium reading the "Declaration of Independence" while sandwiched between two large figures wearing robes and crowns labeled "Preda... more

Independence day / Keppler.

Independence day / Keppler.

Illustration shows a large hand labeled "Special Privilege" with thumb poised to squash a typical Independence day celebration where a large crowd is listening to a man making a speech from a platform where oth... more

International Ballooning Contest, Aero Park, Chicago, July 4th, 1908

International Ballooning Contest, Aero Park, Chicago, July 4th, 1908

H112250 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright claimant's address: Chicago, New York, Washington. Copyright deposit; Geo. R. Lawrence Co.; July 10, 1908.

Father will shoot them off / Frank A. Nankivell 1908.

Father will shoot them off / Frank A. Nankivell 1908.

Illustration shows William Jennings Bryan shooting off fireworks labeled "Nomination, Platform, Enthusiasm, Permanent Organization, Keynote, Issues, Nominating Speech, Second Speech, Vice Presidency, Resolution... more

Fourth of July Parade, Mayville, N.D.

Fourth of July Parade, Mayville, N.D.

H113530 U.S. Copyright Office. Photo copyrighted by J.C. Jansrud. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: North Dakota M-; Holidays July 4.; Photog. I.; Parades; Proc... more

The first fourth / L.M. Glackens.

The first fourth / L.M. Glackens.

Illustration shows citizens celebrating the fourth of July by shooting rifles and setting off firecrackers, a man yelling the newspaper headline, and standing at center is an elderly woman wearing a banner that... more

Independence day at last / L.M. Glackens.

Independence day at last / L.M. Glackens.

Illustration shows a young boy and a large firecracker locked into stocks labeled "Safe and Sane 4th", with many dogs and cats dancing around them. Title from item. Illus. in: Puck, v. 67, no. 1739 (1910 June 2... more

Little Nemo in slumberland. Oug! oug! glabble gick iggle gouck

Little Nemo in slumberland. Oug! oug! glabble gick iggle gouck

Four panels of an eight-panel comic strip about the adventures of a boy, Little Nemo, in Slumberland. Impy is being attacked by a giant bee, which has attached itself to his head. Flip uses his cigar to kill th... more

[Ceremonies, possibly on the Fourth of July, at an Elks Club; band and crowd on street; Troy, N.Y.?]

[Ceremonies, possibly on the Fourth of July, at an Elks Club; band and...

J143342 U.S. Copyright Office. Photo copyrighted by Lloyd, Troy, N.Y. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Holidays July 4; Fraternal organizations; Photog. I.; Ne... more

The rich child's fourth / L.M. Glackens.

The rich child's fourth / L.M. Glackens.

Illustration shows a young boy jumping with joy as a battleship is blown up; his father is reminding him that the explosive display is his gift for being a good boy. Title from item. Fourth of July number. Capt... more

Butte Jockey Club, July 4th, 1914

Butte Jockey Club, July 4th, 1914

J195795 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright deposit; Todd Photographic Co.; September 5, 1914; DLC/PP-1914:44887. Copyright claimant's address: Butte, Mont.

Fourth of July ceremonies near Houthem, Belgium; 7/4/1918
Fourth of July exercises at Houthem, Belgium; 7/4/1918
D.C.- "Yes, Willie, there is just as much patriotism as ever, but with fewer sacrifices."

D.C.- "Yes, Willie, there is just as much patriotism as ever, but with...

This illustration entitled, D.C.: "Yes, Willie, There is Just as Much Patriotism as Ever, But With Fewer Sacrifices", by cartoonist Clifford Berryman, which appeared in the Washington Evening Star on July 4, 19... more

July 4th parade

July 4th parade

Title transcribed from caption accompanying item. Forms part of: Frank and Frances Carpenter collection (Library of Congress). Gift; Mrs. W. Chapin Huntington; 1951.

Mitchel, City Hall, 7/4/16

Mitchel, City Hall, 7/4/16

Photograph shows New York Mayor John Purroy Mitchel at a Fourth of July celebration. Students of the Bronx Forum portrayed the First Congress meeting in Philadelphia. (Source: B. Hickman, 2006 and Flickr Common... more

July 4th parade on Front Street

July 4th parade on Front Street

Title transcribed from caption accompanying item. Forms part of: Frank and Frances Carpenter collection (Library of Congress). Gift; Mrs. W. Chapin Huntington; 1951.

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Amer. Misc. - 4th of July Pageant, Washington, D.C. The "Sytro", a modern national dance of Greece on steps of the Treasury Building, Washington, D.C

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Amer. Misc. - 4th of July Pagean...

Photographer: From the Watshington Star Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Amer. Misc.

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Amer. Misc. - Fourth of July Pageant, Wash., D.C. French and Serbian section

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Amer. Misc. - Fourth of July Pag...

Date Taken: 7/4/1918 Photographer: G.V. Buck Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Amer. Misc.

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Portugese Float in Fourth of July Parade at New  York City, N.Y

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Portugese Float in Fourth of Jul...

Date Taken: 7/4/1918 Photographer: Paul Thompson Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918

Ceremonies - American Independence Day, 1918 - France - American Independence Day in Paris, France. American Troops marching in the parade held July 4, 1918

Ceremonies - American Independence Day, 1918 - France - American Indep...

Date Taken: 7/4/1918 Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Ceremonies - American Independence Day, 1918 - France

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Fourth of July Parade, N.Y., 1918. American flag girls

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Fourth of July Parade, N.Y., 191...

Photographer: Western Newspaper Union Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918

Ceremonies - England, Italy - Independence Day in London. The ball game at Chelsea was not merely a sporting event for King George attended and it was part of the great 4th of July celebration. Navy men are shown rooting

Ceremonies - England, Italy - Independence Day in London. The ball gam...

Date Taken: 7/4/1918 Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Ceremonies - England, Italy

Ceremonies - American Independence Day, 1918 - France - Independence Day Celebration, 1918, Paris, France. French women throwing flowers at American soldiers in the parade

Ceremonies - American Independence Day, 1918 - France - Independence D...

Date Taken: 7/4/1918 Photographer: International Film Service Ceremonies - American Independence Day, 1918 - France

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Float that participated in Fourth of July Parade at New York City, N.Y

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Float that participated in Fourt...

Date Taken: 7/4/1918 Photographer: Paul Thompson Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918

Ceremonies - Salutes and Parades - Colorado - Junior Red Cross float that took $25 cash prize in Fourth of July Parade, Craig, Colorado

Ceremonies - Salutes and Parades - Colorado - Junior Red Cross float t...

Date Taken: 7/4/1918 Ceremonies - Salutes and Parades - Colorado

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Amer. Misc. - 4th of July Pageant, Washington, D.C. Cuba furnished a delegation of typical beauties in pleasing costumes. The setting here is the Cuban legation on Sixteenth St., Washington, D.C

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Amer. Misc. - 4th of July Pagean...

Date Taken: 7/4/1918 Photographer: Harris & Ewing Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Amer. Misc.

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - July 4th Parade on Fifth Avenue, New York City. Religious float in the July 4th parade

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - July 4th Parade on Fifth Avenue,...

Date Taken: 7/4/1918 Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - July 4th Parade on Fifth Avenue, New York City. Swedish float in the parade. More than forty-two nations were represented in parade

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - July 4th Parade on Fifth Avenue,...

Date Taken: 7/4/1918 Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918

Ceremonies - Salutes and Parades - New York - 1 of the floats in Fourth of July Parade, New York City, New York

Ceremonies - Salutes and Parades - New York - 1 of the floats in Fourt...

Date Taken: 7/4/1918 Photographer: Paul Thompson Ceremonies - Salutes and Parades - New York

TR at Forest Hills, New York, 1917 [2] /

TR at Forest Hills, New York, 1917 [2] /

At Forest Hills, July 4, 1917, TR speaks in support of vigorous American war involvement and attacks conscientious objectors in an address at the Forest Hills Gardens railroad station; he later reviews the Fore... more

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Amer. Misc. - 4th of July Pageant, Washington, D.C. A wedding party in India, in the Great Britain group

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Amer. Misc. - 4th of July Pagean...

Photographer: From the Watshington Star Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Amer. Misc.