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INDEPENDENCE DAYThe United States celebrates its birthday on July 4th of each year. The birthday of the United States is Independence Day. The Declaration of Independence was accepted by the Congress of the United States on July 4, 1776. No where else on the planet were basic human rights put down on paper. The Bill of Rights improved the history of human rights worldwide, and lasted for over 200 years.
The Liberty Bell in the United States symbolizes the movement, and the fight, for world freedom in the year 1776. This bell was originally manufactured to announce town meetings. The people who manufactured this bell could never have guessed the future artistic significance of this icon of freedom. Even the crack that developed from decades of constant use seems to speak to the fragile nature of human rights.
John Adams, the second President of the United States in 1797 - 1801, wrote how the July 4th holiday should be celebrated,
"I am to believe that July 4, 1776 will be celebrated by future generations as the great festival. It should be remembered as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It should be remembered with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and fireworks, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward for evermore."
Fireworks light the sky over the Philadelphia art museum during a July 4th celebration.
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