Happy Fourth of July

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve the Declaration of Independence, announcing the thirteen colonies’ separation from Great Britain. The next year, Philadelphians celebrated the first anniversary of American independence with a party. But, Independence Day (another name for the Fourth of July) parties didn’t become popular until after the War of 1812.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Congress finally passed a law making Independence Day a federal holiday on June 28, 1870?*

Click on the flag to put together an online jigsaw puzzle.

Click to hear some patriotic music while you do your puzzle. Can you guess the name of the song?

* from the American Memory Collection, Library of Congress

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