Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July is a U.S. Federal Holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies at the time (Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations) regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. John Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence. Here is what John Hancock said:
“We must be unanimous; there must be no pulling different ways; we must hang together”. ~ John Hancock, July 4, 1776
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