Wait are we celebrating the wrong day? When was the Declaration of Independence actually signed? As happens a lot with history, there are some seemingly conflicting reports on how and when The Declaration of Independence was written and adopted. So lets run down the timeline as best we can to clear up some of the confusion.

First public reading of The Declaration of Independence
First public reading of The Declaration of Independence

The United States Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. This date is widely celebrated as Independence Day in the United States. However, it is worth noting that the actual writing and signing took place over a period of several months, with some signatories affixing their signatures on different dates.

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It's not a done deal until it's signed right? The signing of the Declaration of Independence spanned from August 2, 1776, to November 4, 1776. The majority of the signatures were affixed on August 2, but several signatories added their names in the following months. The final signer, Thomas McKean, signed the document on November 4, 1776.

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So maybe we should celebrate in November. It would be much cooler watching fireworks across the nations at that time. The writing of the Declaration of Independence really began in June 1776. Thomas Jefferson, with the assistance of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston, was primarily responsible for drafting the document. After some revisions and debates within the Continental Congress, the final version of the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted on July 4, 1776.

This date is considered the birth of American independence, and it's why July 4th is celebrated as Independence Day in the United States.

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While The Declaration of Independence was formally accepted and adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, the draft of the declaration had been under discussion and revisions for several days leading up to that date.

Once the Congress approved the final wording and content, it was presented to the public on July 4th. Hence, July 4th is celebrated as Independence Day in the United States to commemorate the adoption and public announcement of the Declaration of Independence. So let's celebrate!

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Google Maps / Canva

Written By DJ Tischner-

The 4th of July is here and as always, people will be lighting off fireworks... and as always, someone is going to light a hill on fire somewhere! There are a lot of APPROVED parks for lighting off fireworks, but there's also a ton of parks that are NOT APPROVED for fireworks in St. George! We need to be very safe this year, as it's been SO HOT and SO DRY, we can easily have a big fire this year if we're not careful.


These are the ONLY APPROVED Parks in St. George to light off fireworks in St. George:
(If the park is NOT on this list, it is not an approved park.)

  • Sycamore Park - 655 SOUTH 1100 EAST
  • Desert Vista Park - 130 NORTH 2450 EAST
  • Bloomington Hills North Park - 2275 VERMILLION EAST
  • Centennial Park - 301 NORTH 2200 EAST
  • Boots Cox Family Park - 1080 SOUTH 900 EAST
  • Crimson Ridge Park  - 3100 EAST CRIMSON RIDGE DRIVE
  • Dixie Downs Park - 1170 WEST 1100 NORTH
  • Firehouse Park - 1929 WEST 1800 NORTH
  • J.C. Snow Park - 275 EAST 900 SOUTH
  • Middleton Park - 780 NORTH 1700 EAST
  • Sandtown Park - 649 NORTH 600 WEST
  • Shadow Mountain Park - 305 STONE MOUNTAIN
  • Park Silkwood Park  - 3390 SOUTH 2710 EAST
  • Sunset Park - 1585 WEST 360 NORTH
  • The Canyons Complex - 1890 WEST 2000 NORTH
  • Vernon Worthen Park- 300 SOUTH 400 EAST
  • Bloomington Park (not on baseball fields) - 650 WEST MAN O WAR
  • Larkspur Park - 815 EAST FORT PIERCE DRIVE
  • Redwood Tree Park - 2859 SOUTH REDWOOD TREE CIRCLE

The best places to light off fireworks are always areas without dry plants, trash, or sagebrush. Some of the best places include cul-de-sacs, school parking lots, church parking lots, or other open, flat, inflammable areas!

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