This 2016 Independence Day marks the 240th birthday of the United States. Or at least that's the day endorsed by most of the founding fathers as the anniversary of the establishment of the nation. John Adams preferred another day, however. July 2 marks when the Continental Congress voted in Philadelphia to break from the British. Two days later, Congress accepted Thomas Jefferson's declaration.
In this slideshow, learn more about the history of the holiday that will surely make you the life of the party at any barbecue, fireworks show or other freedom fest this holiday weekend.
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