Jun 05, 2015 08:34AM
● By Taylorsville Mayor Larry Johnson
Independence Day, July 4th, has been celebrated as the birth of American independence. It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. During the American Revolution, the Thirteen Colonies legally separated from Great Britain. The Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that declared the United States independent from Great Britain. It was after approval of this resolution that Congress, along with Thomas Jefferson prepared the Declaration of Independence. The vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd, 1776 and just two days later on July 4, 1776, Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence.
The way in which Independence Day has been celebrated has evolved quite a bit from the pre-Revolutionary years, but continued to allow our nation’s political leaders to address citizens and create a feeling of unity. Today there is more of a focus on leisure activities and occasion for family get togethers, often involving fireworks and barbecues. The American flag is frequently used along with the national anthem “The Star Spangled Banner”.
July is an important month for the City of Taylorsville. It was on July 1, 1996 that Taylorsville officially became a city after 70 percent of residents voted to incorporate. Taylorsville Dayzz is a celebration of Taylorsville officially becoming a city. I would like to say thank you to each and every volunteer who assists in making this celebration such a family friendly success. Wishing each you of a safe and happy 4th of July.
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