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Delaware County offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. Regular office hours will resume Monday, July 6. ... See MoreSee Less

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Why Do We Celebrate July 4 With Fireworks? In the summer of 1776, delegates of the Continental Congress were in Philadelphia debating the future of the 13 original colonies with Britain's Parliament and King George III. The discussions led Thomas Jefferson to draft the Declaration of Independence. John Adams was so happy he wrote to his wife, Abigail stating "The second day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the history of the America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary festival...it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of the continent to the other from this time forward forever more." Adams was off by a couple of days. After 86 changes to Jefferson's draft the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4. The first organized celebration of Independence Day was held in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777.
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On this day in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law in the East Room of the White House. The Civil Rights Act outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, required equal access to public spaces and employment, enforced the desegregation of schools, and ensured the right to vote.

Between 1945 and 1957, Congress attempted to pass a number of civil rights-related bills but with limited success. Civil Rights Acts were passed in both 1957 and 1960 with moderate gains. As a result of the 1957 act, the United States Commission on Civil Rights was created to investigate, report on, and make recommendations to the president concerning civil rights issues.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 followed a crucial year for the Civil Rights Movement. Social pressures for legislative action increased following the Birmingham Campaign, March on Washington, and the bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church.

In response to reports of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, President John F. Kennedy proposed a Civil Rights Act of 1963 in a nationally televised address and soon submitted a bill to Congress addressing civil rights.

Following Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963, Johnson and Martin Luther King, Jr. continued to advocate for the passage of Kennedy’s civil rights bill. Within hours of its passage, Johnson signed the bill into law with other civil rights leaders in attendance, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Height, Roy Wilkins, and John Lewis.

Image Credit: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum / NARA
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