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Fourth of July

All TCSOS school sites and offices will be closed Monday, July 4th in celebration of American Independence Day.

The Fourth of July also referred to as Independence Day or July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941. To honor this national holiday, All TCSOS school sites and offices will be closed Monday, July 4th.

Although the Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941, the history of this holiday dates back to the 18th-century American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, congress voted in support of independence from Britain. Two days after this vote on July 4th, 1776 delegates from the thirteen colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence. Written by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence announced the separation of the thirteen American colonies from Great Britain.

Since the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence. A little-known fact about the founding fathers is that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826, fifty years after the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Today July 4th celebrations include parades, concerts, and more casual family gatherings. Fireworks have been a meaningful part of the Fourth of July celebration since the first organized celebration in 1777 and are still commonly used today.

Video: History of United States Symbols
Segment: History of United States Symbols: Fourth of July

This title explores the history of important symbols and ceremonies to Americans. Take a look at the history of the flag, fireworks, the American eagle, and the other symbols of the United States.

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