Scandals, scuffles and fireworks

Before the Revolutionary War, the colonists would celebrate the king’s birthday with the ringing of bells, bonfires and parades. However, things took an ominous turn during the summer of 1776, when the colonists celebrated by holding mock funerals for King George III instead.

John Adams fervently believed that our independence should be celebrated on July 2, and not July 4, because the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence on July 2, 1776. Two days later, on July 4, the 13 colonies

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