As explained on the NSDAR website, "The National Society has established the America 250! Special Committee to plan DAR’s involvement and maximize its visibility during our nation’s upcoming 250th birthday. Much like the 1976 Bicentennial celebration, this observance provides an exceptional opportunity for community involvement, positive public relations and – most important – membership growth throughout DAR." You can learn more about Phase I and II plans for 2026 on the Members' Only Section of the website here.
july Revolutionary War Flashbacks
July 1, 1776: At the instigation of British agents, Cherokees attack along the entire southern frontier
July 1 – 4, 1776: Congress debates and revises the Declaration of Independence.
July 2, 1776: The Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the following resolution, originally introduced on June 7, by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia: "Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain
is, and ought to be, totally dissolved. That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances. That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation."
July 3, 1775: George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, MA.
July 4, 1776: The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress and was sent to the printer
1778: George Rogers Clark captures Kaskaskia, a French village south of St. Louis
July 5, 1777: St. Clair surrenders Fort Ticonderoga to the British
July 6, 1781: "Mad" Anthony Wayne repulsed at Green Springs Farm, VA
July 6 Birthday: Naval Officer John Paul Jones (1747 - 1792) was born in Kirkbean, Scotland. He is best remembered for responding "I have not yet begun to fight!" to British opponents seeking his
surrender during a naval battle.
July 8, 1776: The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence occurred as Colonel John Nixon read it to an assembled crowd in Philadelphia.
1779: Fairfield, CT, burned by British
July 11, 1779: Norwalk, CT, burned by British
1780: French troops arrive at Newport, RI, to aid the American cause
1782: British evacuate Savannah, GA
July 11 Birthday: John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848) the 6th U.S. President, and son of the 2nd
President, John Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts. After serving just one term as
President, he served 17 years as a member of Congress. He died in 1848 while in the House of
Representatives in the same room in which he had taken the presidential Oath of Office. He was the
first president whose father had also been president.
July 15, 1776: Lyndley's Fort, SC, Patriots fend off attack by Indians and Tories dressed as Indians
1779: American "Mad" Anthony Wayne captures Stony Point, NY
July 27, 1777: Lafayette arrives in Philadelphia
July 31, 1776: Francis Salvador became the first Jew to die in the Revolutionary War. He had also
been the first Jew elected to office in Colonial America, voted a member of the South Carolina
Provincial Congress in January 1775