The 4th of July used to be referred to as Independence Day, since that is the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776 thus changing the course of history forever.
New Hampshire was on board with the independence movement and was the first of two states (along with Delaware) to authorize their delegates to declare independence on June 15, 1776. Yay, New Hampshire!
We had three NH signers of the Declaration: Josiah Bartlett, Matthew Thornton, and William Whipple. Imagine affixing your name to such an important document! To learn more about these three, and all the signers, look for The Signers: The 56 Stories behind the Declaration of Independence by Dennis B. Fradin [J 973.3 FRA].
It is a good idea to periodically read the Declaration of Independence to remind ourselves of our brave beginnings!
Enjoy your Independence Day tomorrow. The Library will be closed, but we'll be back here Wednesday morning at 9:00!