Happy Birthday America!!
Not a Democracy, but the first and best
in the history of the world.
Our Declaration of Independence was officially signed on July 4, 1976 and Independence Day Massachusetts was the first state to officially celebrate it as a state holiday by recognition of the Massachusetts General Court in 1781.
The first official reading of the Declaration of Independence in New England occurred in Worcester, MA on July 4, 1776 at what is now Worcester City Hall.