On July 4, 1776, the 13 colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Fourth of July, also called Independence Day or July 4th, the annual celebration of nationhood. It commemorates the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.
In 1775, people in New England began fighting the British for their independence. On July 2, the Congress secretly voted for independence from Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence was first published two days later on July 4, 1776. The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was on July 8, 1776. Delegates began to sign the Declaration of Independence on August 3, 1776. In 1870, Independence Day was made an unpaid holiday for federal employees. In 1941, it became a paid holiday for them.
The first description of how Independence Day would be celebrated was in a letter from John Adams to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776. He described pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations throughout the United States. However, the term Independence Day was not used until 1791.
Interesting facts about American Independence Day
- The Declaration of Independence began as a letter to King George to explain why the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from Great Britain
- 56 people signed the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson wrote the majority of it
- The Declaration of Independence has five parts. They are: the Preamble, the Statement of Human Rights, Charges Against Human Rights, Charges Against the King and Parliament, and the Statement of Separation and Signatures
- The Declaration of Independence was started on July 2, 1776, and the Continental Congress approved the final wording on July 4. The American colonies were declared free and independent states
- July 4 was officially declared a holiday in 1870, nearly one hundred years after the Declaration of Independence was written
- Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, two of its founders of the Declaration of Independence died on July 4, 1826
- July 4 marks a day of liberation in both the Philippines and Rwanda. In the Southeast Asian nation, July 4, known as “Republic Day,” marks the date when the United States officially recognized the Philippines as an independent state in 1946
Activities to celebrate Independence Day
Independence Day firework displays represent the three prominent colors of the American flag: red, white, and blue. Watch a firework display - this is one of the most popular ways to celebrate the 4th of July across America and many firework displays are free to attend so you won't have to pay a thing to celebrate Independence Day! You can choose an empty place to watch the fireworks, you can enjoy the fireworks, and at the same time, you can ensure your safety.
Lighting sparklers are a traditional and very fun way to celebrate Independence Day. If you can't watch fireworks displays, it's a good idea to lighting sparklers with your family in a safe place.
This day is a chance for family members to reunite and relax. Have a family gathering - the Independence Day holiday is the perfect time to spend a day with your family so why not throw a 4th of July barbecue or picnic? During special times, you and your family can choose to have a picnic or barbecue in a place with better views and fewer people. Everyone can dress up themselves and the house as much as you like. You can hang representative ribbons at home and on the courtyard, wear red, white and blue clothes, and celebrate with your family.
Listen to concerts that include patriotic music
The Capitol Fourth concert in Washington DC is one of the most well-known. This year, it was pre-recorded in "iconic locations across the country" and will be shown both online and on TV. And in Los Angeles, an arts center is set to host an "online block party" with music and other performances being shown live on Facebook. Plenty of other cities are planning to Livestream concerts of their own. Because of the Coronavirus, you may not be able to enjoy a concert on-site, but watching a live concert with your family is also a very good choice.
Because of the coronavirus, many large-scale events, such as parades, cannot be carried out normally, which also makes this year's Independence Day celebration somewhat different from previous years. But you can also spend an unforgettable Independence Day holiday through other activities. We have also prepared jewelry for you to celebrate Independence Day, and buying a souvenir is also a good choice.