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On this day the American founding fathers declared that the states in America were no longer subject to English authority. Thus the United States of America was born.

“It ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance by solemn Acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.” (John Adams, July, 1776)