The Fourth of July! Independence Day! July Fourth! Whatever you call it, July 4th in the United States brings celebrations, parades, picnics, and fireworks across the country. When I was younger, my dad tried to convince me that the festivities were all in his honor since July 4th is his birthday. He was right that a birthday was being celebrated, but the birthday that America is celebrating is its own!
Image from m01229, flickr
The Second Continental Congress officially declared independence on July 2, 1776, but the national holiday takes place two days later. Why? July 4, 1776 marks the day that Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. These books in the library catalog provide a more in-depth look at the process leading up to and surrounding the signing of the Declaration.
And the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence, were part of the Continental Congress, and approved America’s liberation from British rule? They were the Founding Fathers, described here in an encyclopedia article from the library’s databases. In the library catalog, you can find numerous biographies (and a Broadway musical or two) that have been written about Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton, who were among the most prominent of the Founding Fathers.
Robert Edge Pine, The Congress Voting Independence
And now, 240 years in the future, we celebrate the day that the United States of America made its official declaration of independence and took bold steps towards becoming the nation we live in today. Before the libraries are closed on Monday, July 4th, stop in and check out materials to share with your family about the Fourth of July. There may not be an alien invasion on Independence Day, but the festivities here on Earth should provide more than enough entertainment.