Independence Day

Did you know, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776? On this day, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence, which had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for said independence, Congress turned its attention to their statement- the Declaration of Independence, which had been prepared by 5 individuals, Thomas Jefferson its main author.   Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4th.

It has been long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Ben Franklin all wrote they signed it that day...  most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4th.

So is there something else to July 4th? Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as POTUS, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was also the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. And, although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe died on July 4, 1831. He was the third President in a row who died on the holiday. And, finally, Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the Unites States, was born on July 4, 1872.. Thus far, he is still the only President to have been born on July 4th!

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