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Recommended Reading: July

Highline College's librarians recommend materials from the library collection on a wide variety of topics.

Celebrate Independence Day

Fourth of July fireworks behind the Washington Monument, 1986.jpg

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!

Independence Day--Reading List

Online Resources

Today in History - July 4 | Library of Congress

4th of July Celebrations - Newspaper and ... - Library of Congress

History of Independence Day | A Capitol Fourth | PBS

The History of the 4th of July |

Declaration of Independence Full Text, US Independence Day Facts ...

History of Independence Day - National Mall Fourth of July ...

Books in the Library