Thomas Jefferson Day celebrates the birthday of the United States of America’s third president who was also an influential Founding Father and the main author of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743. He started becoming involved in politics early in life, serving as a politician in Virginia before and during the revolutionary war. As one of the youngest members of the Second Continental Congress, a group of delegates from the thirteen colonies, he worked hard to make sure his voice was heard and his people were well represented. During this time the Declaration of Independence was drafted, mostly using Jefferson’s words. After the revolution he became the USA’s first Secretary of State and second Vice President before become president himself.
Many of Jefferson’s views helped to build the United States as it remains to this day. He believed in separation of church and state, the individual rights of citizens, and the important American ideal that all men are created equal. Celebrate Jefferson’s birthday every year to honor his contributions to the USA and its government.