Celebrating 225 Years of Independence

July 04, 2001


Provided by: GLOBE at Night
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster

This July 4 marks the 225th anniversary of our independence from Great Britain. On July 2, 1776, in Philadelphia, 12 colonies voted for independence, with New York abstaining. John Adams predicted that the 2nd of July would always be celebrated with pomp, parades, sports, and illuminations. The Declaration of Independence was adopted in its final form 2 days later on July 4. Adams was partially right. Firework displays have traditionally celebrated Independence Day in our Nation's Capital (above) and in other large cities and small towns all across America. The view above looks east toward the Lincoln memorial (foreground), the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol. To get a sense of the height of the fireworks, the Washington Monument is about 555 ft high.

In 1776, there were only 2.5 million people in the colonies, and Philadelphia, with a population of 30,000, was the largest city. The city of Washington was not yet on any map.

"We...solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States."

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