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Your Weekly Reference Question

Every year in early July Americans celebrate Independence Day. Have you ever wondered what exactly happened on July 4, 1776?

From Encyclopedia Americana:

"Independence Day...commemorates the formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. Although the resolution for independence was passed by the Congress on July 2 and most of the members did not sign the declaration until August 2, the Fourth of July has always been celebrated as the anniversary of national independence. On that day in 1776 the document, as edited by a congressional committee, was approved by the delegates, and the president of the Congress, John Hancock, made it official with his signature."


To learn more about Independence Day in the U.S., check out pbs.org and USA.org.


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