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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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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 - 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

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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

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 - 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.

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - July 4th Parade on Fifth Avenue, New York City. Parade passing the New York Public Library of Fifth Ave

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 - Fourth of July Parade, N.Y., 1918. Great Britian. Float depicts an incident in the battle of Jutland when the boy John Travers Cornwell won the Victoria Cross by firing a gun on board the cruiser Chester when all the other members of the gun crew were dead or dying

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

Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918

Ceremonies - England, Italy - Fourth of July celebration in Great Britian. The American and British Army and Navy "shake" on their one purpose, to crush the Hun

Ceremonies - England, Italy - Fourth of July celebration in Great Brit...

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

Ceremonies - Independence Day Parades (All States) - Manufacturing war materials for the government. Cylinder finishing department float of Harrisburg Pipe & Pipe Bending Co., Harrisburg, PA. Fourth of July parade, 1918. Tallest cylinders on left used by United States and French Armies as nitrogen containers for balloon service; smaller cylinders in background, as gas and liquid containers; small cylinders in foreground used in trench warfare service, to sound alarm of gas attack by enemy, a horn being applied to valve opening, and compressed air allowed to escape through horn. Red Cross Oxygen cylinders were used in all Army and Navy Hospitals

Ceremonies - Independence Day Parades (All States) - Manufacturing war...

Photographer: Harrisburg Chamber Commerce Ceremonies - Independence Day Parades (All States)

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - July 4th Parade on Fifth Avenue, New York City. Among the many floats representing a half-hundred nations was this one contributed by Armenians; British marines are in the foreground

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 Parades (All States) - Hibbing, Minn., War Activities. Floats in Fourth of July Parade

Ceremonies - Independence Day Parades (All States) - Hibbing, Minn., W...

Date Taken: 7/4/1918. - Photographer: Hibbing Chamber Commerce Ceremonies - Independence Day Parades (All States)

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Poland wins award for July Fourth showing. Poland was awarded the first honor, a gold medal presented by the city of New York, for the best showing made in the Fourth of July parade in the city. Every nation represented by floats and marches turned out to show their loyalty to America and a medal was awarded for the greatest demonstration. Mme. Paderewski, head of the Polish White Cross in this country, and members of the Polish Mission who received the medal from Mayor Hylan on the steps of the City Hall are shown

Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Poland wins award for July Fourt...

Photographer: International Film Service Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918

Ceremonies - American Independence Day, 1918 - France - Independence Day Celebration, 1918, Paris, France. American Red Cross nurses and workers marching 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

[Parades--1918.  4th of July parade, N.Y.

[Parades--1918. 4th of July parade, N.Y.

Two people marching in parade.

Fourth of July parade at Takoma Park

Fourth of July parade at Takoma Park

Maryland man wearing straw hat leading children.

Photograph of July 4th Ceremony

Photograph of July 4th Ceremony

This is a photograph of the color guard descending the Constitution Avenue steps. Historic Photograph File of National Archives Events and Personnel

Photograph of July 4th Ceremony

Photograph of July 4th Ceremony

This is a photograph of the U.S. Army Band during the Fourth of July ceremony. Historic Photograph File of National Archives Events and Personnel

Photograph of July 4th Ceremony

Photograph of July 4th Ceremony

This is a photograph of the U.S. Army Band during the Fourth of July ceremony. Historic Photograph File of National Archives Events and Personnel

Photograph of July 4th Ceremony

Photograph of July 4th Ceremony

This is a photograph of the color guard descending the Constitution Avenue steps. Historic Photograph File of National Archives Events and Personnel

Independence Day: United in Freedom

Independence Day: United in Freedom

Propaganda Posters Distributed in Asia

July 4th, 1956 Poster

July 4th, 1956 Poster

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Distribution Center: USIS - Manila Post: RPC - Manila Propaganda Posters Distributed in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East

July 4th Poster - Manila Poster No. 10

July 4th Poster - Manila Poster No. 10

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Distribution Center: USIS - Manila Post: RPC - Manila Propaganda Posters Distributed in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East

Women carefully washing flag for 4th of July celebration - Tallahassee

Women carefully washing flag for 4th of July celebration - Tallahassee

Persistent URL: floridamemory.com/items/show/264529 ( http://floridamemory.com/items/show/264529 ) ..Local call number: TD01193b..Title: Women carefully washing flag for 4th of July celebration - Tallahassee..D... more

President Kennedy Views the Liberty Bell prior to his Independence Day Address in Philadelphia

President Kennedy Views the Liberty Bell prior to his Independence Day...

Original caption: President Kennedy views the Liberty Bell prior to his Independence Day address in Philadelphia. L-R: Philadelphia Mayor James Tate, President Kennedy, Sen. Joseph Clark, Governor David Lawrenc... more

Family Enjoys a Fourth of July Holiday in a Park at Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, which is 12 Miles West of New Ulm, Brown County is Predominately a Farming Area Where the Farms are being Consolidated, in the Past Each Family Owned Land, Now the Farms are Growing Larger and are Operated by Two or Three Generations of the Same Family, the County was Settled in The Mid-1800's by Germans, Norwegians and Swedes Who are Clustered in Various Communities

Family Enjoys a Fourth of July Holiday in a Park at Sleepy Eye, Minnes...

DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency's Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern

Marines from the Training and Audiovisual Support Center take part in a mock Iwo Jima flag-raising as part of Independence Day festivities

Marines from the Training and Audiovisual Support Center take part in ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Usmc Recruit Depot,Parris Island State: South Carolina (SC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Metcalf Release S... more

A night scene of the Washington Monument with Fourth of July fireworks exploding in the background

A night scene of the Washington Monument with Fourth of July fireworks...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Ph2 Robert K. Hamilton Release Status... more

A night scene of the Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial with Fourth of July fireworks exploding in the background. The U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial can also be seen in the background

A night scene of the Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial with Fourth of Jul...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Ph2 Robert K. Hamilton Release Status: Released to... more

Members of Panama's Guardia Nacional (National Guard) pass in review during the Fourth of July Parade

Members of Panama's Guardia Nacional (National Guard) pass in review d...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Fort Clayton Country: Panama (PAN) Scene Camera Operator: PFC Mark Colwell Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital P... more