On this day in 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve the wording of a resolution declaring the United States' independence from Great Britain. The vote to declare independence had actually taken place two days earlier, on the 2nd; Congress took two additional days to debate and finalize the precise language of the Declaration of Independence. Today marks the 241st anniversary of American independence, and the day is traditionally celebrated with picnics and barbecues, outdoor concerts, parades, fairs, and fireworks displays. Two signers of the Declaration would go on to be United States Presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson; coincidentally, they would die on the same day -- July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Today's items from our collection are chosen in honor of the holiday.
|In Revolutionary Summer, Joseph J. Ellis tells the story of that first American summer. Ellis explores the military and political events that led Congress to declare independence after a year of fighting between American and British troops, and the fallout from the declaration. He focuses on key players and decisions from both sides of the war. Revolutionary Summer is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, in print, or as an audiobook.|
|The movie American Pride is an hour-long travelogue focusing on the United States' most beautiful natural wonders and most treasured landmarks. What better day than July 4th to spend some time enjoying the great sights and sounds of the American landscape? American Pride is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And if you don't happen to have the chance to attend a nearby 4th of July parade, you can enjoy some marching music from America's Marching Bands in Americans on Parade. Most of the music here is by John Philip Sousa, and such favorites as "The Stars and Stripes Forever," "The Liberty Bell March," "The Thunderer" are included. Americans on Parade is available for streaming or download at Freegal.|