Independence Day is the
national holiday of the United States of America commemorating the signing
of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4,
1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The United States consisted of 13 colonies under the rule of England's King George lll. These colonies were forced to pay taxes to the King with no representation in Parliament. This was known as 'Taxation without Representation'. Dissatisfaction grew and British troops were sent in to quell any signs of rebellion. No solution to the problems could be found and delegates from the 13 colonies formed a committee to compose a formal declaration of independence. Although the signing of the Declaration was not completed until August, the 4th of July has been accepted as the official anniversary of United States independence. The first Independence Day celebration took place the following year in 1777.
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The Pledge of Alligiance
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the
United States of America and to the
Republic for which it stands. One nation
under God, indivisible, with liberty
and justice for all.