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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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Sparks fireworks independence day.

Sparks fireworks independence day.

Free images of hands. Public domain stock photo of hands. Royalty free photos.

Lone star state texas lone star.

Lone star state texas lone star.

Free Texas Photos: Free images of Texas, available for commercial use and free download. Copyright-free, no attribution required.

The manner in which the American colonies declared themselves independant [sic] of the King of England, throughout the different provinces, on July 4, 1776 / Hamilton delin. ; Noble sculp.

The manner in which the American colonies declared themselves independ...

Print shows a man on horseback riding through town reading the Declaration of Independence to cheering crowds; a notice has been posted on a wall "America independant 1776."

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

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.

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

"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.

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.

July 4th
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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

July 4th

July 4th

Photograph shows little boy holding three large firecrackers and an American flag.

The Fourth of July. (1) The day before

The Fourth of July. (1) The day before

Child with flag and fireworks.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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