The 4th of July is our Independence Day and as the Thirteen Colonies we adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from those not so nice people in Great Britain.
Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches, which are seen every year and have become somewhat transparent.
Our separation as the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred after hostilities in places like Lexington and Concord (Present day Arlington). The American casualties were: 49 killed, 39 wounded, and 5 missing. Great Britain casualties were: 73 killed, 174 wounded, and 53 missing.
The American Revolution, which officially began with the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, was the beginning of the blood we have shed in the pursuit of liberty and the protection of our freedoms. Our Marine Corps was authorized by the 2nd Continental Congress on November 10, 1775, in response to escalation of hostilities with two battalions of Continental Marines in Philadelphia as naval infantry with Captain Samuel Nicholas in the front.