Today in History–July 4–the Library of Congress features Independence Day, marking the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on this day in 1776. The first anniversary was a spontaneous celebration, as John Adams recounted in a letter to his daughter Abigail. After the War of 1812, Independence Day celebrations became more common. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access stories and primary sources related to all-American celebration.
Independence Day: Americans Celebrate the Birth of Their Nation (America’s Library)
Independence Day images from American Memory
Independence Day documents (books, articles, printed ephemera)
Patriotic melodies (sheet music & recordings)