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  • Staten Island, New York, U.S.
    Wednesday Jul 3, 1776

    George Washington

    The British forces began arriving on Staten Island

    Staten Island, New York, U.S.
    Wednesday Jul 3, 1776

    The British forces, including more than a hundred ships and thousands of troops, began arriving on Staten Island on July 2 to lay siege to the city.




  • U.S.
    Thursday Jul 4, 1776

    Flag of the United States

    Declaration of Independence

    U.S.
    Thursday Jul 4, 1776

    At the time of the Declaration of Independence in July 1776, the Continental Congress would not legally adopt flags with "stars, white in a blue field" for another year. The flag contemporaneously known as "the Continental Colors" has historically been referred to as the first national flag.




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