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KFNX Video: Fourth of July History

The Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. Actually, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated revising the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4th.





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