Independence Day

Grab your sparklers and look skyward—the Fourth of July is almost upon us. The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Begun during the American Revolution, it has been America's most important patriotic holiday ever since.

July 4th feature

July 4th Fun Stuff

Quizzes

Crosswords

Celebrating the 4th

Historical Stuff

  • History of the Declaration of Independence
    The formal declaration announcing the separation of the colonies from Great Britain
  • Founders' Wisdom
    Quotations from signers of the Declaration of Independence
  • American Revolution
    Thirteen Colonies won independence from Great Britain and became the United States
  • Paul Revere
    Bio of the man who warned the American colonists that the British forces were coming
  • Molly Pitcher
    Read how this legendary Revolutionary War figure got her name
  • Boston Tea Party
    Brief account of the conflict between British Parliament and American colonists before the Revolution
  • Francis Scott Key
    Bio of the lawyer and poet who wrote The Start Spangled Banner

Facts, Stats, & Trivia

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