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What Happened on July 4, 1776

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Historical Events


USALiberty Bell

According to popular legend the Liberty Bell rings for the Second Continental Congress

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The Liberty Bell on its ornate stand, 1872
The Liberty Bell on its ornate stand, 1872
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USAUnited States Declaration of Independence

US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Great Britain

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Engrossed copy of the United States Declaration of Independence
Engrossed copy of the United States Declaration of Independence
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1776 Highlights

About July 4, 1776

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 244 years, 3 months and 17 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Cancer