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Our annual July 4th celebrations are marked by American patriotic fervor, rockets' red glare, bombs bursting in air – the birth of our nation in 1776! But there weren't many bombs bursting on that day back then. The July 4th holiday wasn't official until 1870. Interestingly, the Continental Congress declared independence on July 2nd, signed the document on August 2nd, and delivered to Great Britain later in November. July 4th happens to be the day that they finished up the editing and headed to City Tavern. All in favor, say aye!