On June 15, 1776, Delaware proclaimed its independence from both Great Britain and the Penn Family’s Pennsylvania Colony. This was three weeks before the Continental Congress’ July 4 declaration of independence. Until June 15, Delaware was considered part of Pennsylvania and known as The Three Lower Counties of New Castle, Kent, and Sussex-upon-Delaware. Thus was born the Delaware State, first among the original 13 states. Throwing off the shackles of 100 years of Penn family Quaker rule, Delawareans were now free to hunt, fish, drink, and play cards. I shall celebrate the day by separating tenants from rental properties. Check out time is 10:00am.