The Fourth of July marks the birth of our country. The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. Thirteen colonies proclaimed they were no longer part of the British Empire. A new nation, the United States of America, sprang to life.
The king’s coat of arms was taken down. People cheered. Cannons boomed. Bells rang out.
This was a bold, dangerous act. Britain had a mighty army; disobedience to the king was a crime punishable by death. But the colonists abhorred British dom... read more