Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Poland wins award for July Fourth showing. Poland was awarded the first honor, a gold medal presented by the city of New York, for the best showing made in the Fourth of July parade in the city. Every nation represented by floats and marches turned out to show their loyalty to America and a medal was awarded for the greatest demonstration. Mme. Paderewski, head of the Polish White Cross in this country, and members of the Polish Mission who received the medal from Mayor Hylan on the steps of the City Hall are shown
Photographer: International Film Service
Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918
The legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain in 1776 occurred on July 2, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence declaring the United States independent from Great Britain's. After voting for independence, Congress voted for Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author and approved it two days later on July 4. Most historians, however, have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed. Since that, Americans celebrate independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.