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On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain. The Constitution provides the legal and governmental framework for the United States, however, the Declaration, with its eloquent assertion “all Men are created equal,” is equally beloved by the American people.
Philadelphians marked the first anniversary of American independence with a spontaneous celebration,
By the 1870s, the Fourth of July was the most important secular holiday on the calendar. Congress passed a law making Independence Day a federal holiday on June 28, 1870 (Library of Congress).
To celebrate Independence Day-the Fourth of July, Highline College library presents the recommended reading list. For more reading on this theme, please check out our Recommended Reading display on the second floor of the library! Enjoy your reading!