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119: July 4th 2016


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What 4th of July means to people today? What is the Declaration of Independence? Read the real story behind the 4th of July. Visit

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119: July 4th 2016

  1. 1. 119: July 4th 2016
  2. 2. – Summer – BBQ – Beer – Parades – Fireworks 1. What 4th of July Means to People today
  3. 3. 2. We have let our family gatherings and cookouts get in the way of our Independence Day knowledge.
  4. 4. 3. What is the Declaration of Independence a. It is a document signed by our local governing body that was done so to explain to the British King that we were tired of the British government overstepping its bounds and consistently overtaxing the people. b. The first rough draft was written in the Green Dragon Tavern over a mug of ale. c. This was the same as the Boston Tea Party
  5. 5. 4. How Schools have taught Independence Day a. Revolution was declared against the British b. On July 4th, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed c. There was a celebration where the Liberty Bell got cracked from getting his so hard
  6. 6. 5. The Men / Signers of the Declaration of Independence • Men were revolters • Not considered stand up people • They were felons, traitors • Men of power and courage – Signed the DOI
  7. 7. 6. Revolutionary War, The war for independence a. April 1775, war declared on Great Britain b. The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere • April 18th 1775 • Part of a planned early warning system – One by land and Two by sea – north church steeple » To Ride to Lexington to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams
  8. 8. – Revere was caught off-guard – Then he rode, stopping at houses on his way to Lexington – Got to Adams and Hancock – Joined by rider William Dawes » Continued on to Concord » Hidden ammunition for continental army » Joined by Samuel Prescott » Intercepted by British battalion and all three arrested c. Impressive turnout for war d. People realized the length of it - Started waning off e. Late 1776, Colonies began cash incentives
  9. 9. f. In 1778 started drafting g. Many Americans (15-20%) Crown Loyalists, fought as a red coat h. Native Americans were fighting on both sides •In Peace of Paris Treaty, the Crown Natives lost their land •The others made out better initially, but ultimately lost theirs as well •The entire reason why they fought with the Brits was because they wanted to save their land. i. 1781, war was unofficially over j. 1783 War was officially over when peace treaty was signed.
  10. 10. 7. The liberty bell was not broken by the 4th of July celebration in 1777. a. Improperly cast b. Broken, recast, and broken several times c. Bell was intact during the war d. Wasn’t rang on the 4th e. Was rang when the DOI was read aloud Liberty Bell, Independence Bell, Old State House Bell
  11. 11. 8. Declaration of independence a. Signing is why we celebrate the 4th b. First draft written by Thomas Jefferson in Green Dragon. c. Dependence was actually declared on July 2nd, 1776 • DOI still draft, signed only by John Hancock and Charles Thompson – Congressional Leader and Secretary of congress • John Adams wrote to wife Abigail predicting July 2nd would be a holiday.
  12. 12. d. Read aloud in the city on July 8th – Play the clip e. Finally Signed Aug 2, 1776 f. Delivered to Great Britain that following November g. Why the 4th •That was the day congress stopped hashing out the draft that was submitted on the 2nd •They agreed to the wording •This date was on the newest revision that was signed in august. •Wasn’t a national holiday until 1870 (century later)
  13. 13. 9. Story is this 1. Bunch of guys ticked off at government 1. High taxes 2. Removal of liberties 3. Tyrannical rule 2. They declared war against the crown and their independence 3. Later, in writing, they gave us our rights to protect us from tyranny
  14. 14. 10. In celebration 1. Remember the traitors 1. Sick of tyranny 2. Sick of taxes 3. Sick of their rights being taken 4. Way handicapped in numbers 5. Decided to fight back the government for rights 2. Teach this story to your family
  15. 15. In July of 1776, leaders from the Americans colonies met to declare we wanted our independence!
  16. 16. They sent a written message to the king, asking for freedoms and the right to rule themselves!
  17. 17. Several American leaders helped write the Declaration of Independence, like John Adams and Benjamin Franklin…
  18. 18. But the final job was done by Thomas Jefferson of Virginia.
  19. 19. Americans wanted to explain why ruling themselves was important.
  20. 20. This is why we celebrate the 4th of July and why we study the Declaration of Independence during Celebrate Freedom Week!
  21. 21. Americans believed that they should be treated equally…
  22. 22. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal …”
  23. 23. Americans believe we all have rights to be free…
  24. 24. What are these “rights”? The right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
  25. 25. These basic rights are unalienable- this means that everyone is born with them and no one can take them away.
  26. 26. “…that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
  27. 27. And what is one of the most important jobs for our leaders ?
  28. 28. “…That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,”
  29. 29. Americans also believe that governments should protect our freedoms (our rights.)
  30. 30. Americans believe that we are the ones who say what government should do for us… We have the POWER!
  31. 31. “…deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
  32. 32. Let’s recite the Declaration of Independence together!
  33. 33. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal …”
  34. 34. “…that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
  35. 35. “…That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,”
  36. 36. “…deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
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