MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - 242 years ago, on July fourth, 1776, members of the second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and adopted the final draft of the Declaration of Independence proclaiming sovereignty from Great Britain.
The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson and signed by 56 men representing 13 colonies. Some interesting facts:
The oldest, continuous 4th of July Parade is in Bristol, Rhode Island; it began in 1785.
One of the United States' patriotic songs, "Yankee Doodle" was originally sung by British military officers prior to the Revolution to mock the disorganized American colonists.
Three U.S. Presidents, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, all died on July 4th;
In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in this then newly formed country was 2.5 million. We now have 317 million residents.
Look how far we have come! We have had many bumps along the way, but we should take a moment and put political differences aside and realize we live in the greatest country in the world.
Our founding fathers created an enviable masterpiece that we as Americans should be very grateful!
Happy 4th of July!!!