The announcement of the Declaration of Independence

'The 2nd of July' adds the same patriotic statemann, 'will be the most memoriable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn act of devotion to Almighty God. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forth for evermore.

Background

The Declaration of Independence was a document approved by the American Congress on 4 July 1776 announcing the separation of thirteen North American British colonies (the nucleus of the future United States) from Great Britain. The 4 July is now known as Independence Day and is celebrated all over North America.

The thirteen colonies had been at war with Britain since April 1775. The American Revolution continued during 1775 and 1776 with Britain retaliating with large armed forces.

Taken from: The Life of George Washington
Author / Creator: Washington Irving
Date: 1856 - 1859
Copyright: By permission of the British Library Board
Shelfmark: 010883.i.2