America celebrates 245 years of the Declaration of Independence

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America celebrates 245 years of the Declaration of Independence

The American community around the world will officially be celebrating American Independence Day on Monday 5 July as a Federal Holiday commemorating 245 years since the historic 1776 Declaration of Independence.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  – Thomas Jefferson

These were the famous words accredited to Thomas Jefferson from the Declaration of Independence and etched into history as one of the most profound pieces of writing and influenced by the original Magna Carta document of June 15, 1215.

Click here to see how these words have inspired leaders around the world.

Why is the fourth of July so significant in American history? The fourth of July 1776 was the day that the Second Continental Congress unanimously voted and adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the colonies’ separation from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

These were the documents drafted by the founding fathers of America, the resistance fighters of that time who fought against the oppressive rule of the British which included leaders like John Adams who later became the second President of the United States after George Washington (The First President of the United States) and Thomas Jefferson who went on to become the Third President of the United States).

 

 

It was an important document that proposed a legal separation of the 13 colonies from being under British Rule.

Interestingly the 13 colonies included New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

The 5 men tasked for the job were known as the Committee of Five and included Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, Roger Sherman, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson who was credited with the crafting of the Declaration of Independence.

The declaration of Independence was not just about the independence of the United Colonies of America but it was also about the inherent rights of individuals.

On the occasion of the 245th Anniversary of the symbolic Declaration of the Independence, it’s symbolic that the founding fathers proudly overlook the White House, and the ‘Mall’ that stretches through to the Capitol Building.

The Washington Monument was built to commemorate George Washington.. Thomas Jefferson along with Abraham Lincoln (Lincoln Memorial) are immortalised in marble.

The fourth of July is celebrated officially with parades across the nation, through displays of fireworks across major cities of the US and privately in barbecues and picnics.

Last year many Americans were forced to forgo the elaborate parades, fireworks display and official gatherings due to COVID-19 pandemic and this year celebrations will go ahead with restrictions in place.

In 2016, there were 86,125 Americans living in Australia which includes those of European backgrounds, African American, Hispanic and Latino as well as Asian ancestry.

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Dee Raghavan

Dee Raghavan is the Senior Manager, Engagement Marketing at CulturalPulse. She has a passion for writing, travelling and experiencing other cultures through sport, music, film, art and food. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: [email protected]