July 4: Independence Day
On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence declaring the thirteen colonies a new nation, no longer a part of the British Empire. The Declaration followed the vote for a resolution of independence two days earlier.
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In the Declaration, Thomas Jefferson outlines the despot-like behavior of the King of Great Britain and declares that the United States of America will no longer recognize British rule. Lit2Go audio duration: 10 minutes, 20 seconds. Also available as a five-page PDF. Reading level: 12.0. Word count: 1,340.