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Independence Day

June 30, 2021

Independence Day has been celebrated since July 1776 when America declared its independence from British rule. Many battles and events led up to the American Revolution. The Seven Years’ War (French and Indian War) between France and Britain, 1756 – 1763, resulted in the need for Britain to raise taxes against the American colonists with the passing of the Stamp Act in 1765 to help cover war debt accumulated. The Stamp Act was followed by other imposed taxes against the American colonists including the Townshend Acts and the Tea Act. Ultimately, the American colonists sought to gain their independence from Britain and, with assistance from the French, were able to do so with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 although the American Revolution didn’t end until 1783.

Today we celebrate Independence Day in a variety of ways including parades, fireworks, family reunions, carnivals, and many other events. Greeley will celebrate with the return of the Greeley Stampede and the Independence Day Parade down 10th Avenue. However you choose to recognize the day, enjoy yourself and be safe.

For additional education and personal development related to diversity, equity and inclusion, please use the following resources: DDEI Education and Resources, DEI & Antiracism Resources from the UNC Libraries, and the Education Equity Toolkit from the Colorado Department of Higher Education.