• What is the Independence Day!
Every year, Americans celebrate a very important historical event, which is the Independence Day or the Fourth of July.
Independence Day is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776 after signing a document called the “Declaration of Independence,” declared to King George III of England. So it is a federal holiday all over the states of America and the best time for celebrations and family reunions.
• The story behind the Independence Day!
The story behind the Independence Day started in 1587, when the British colonized the 13 colonies of America and started to exploit the resources of the country, specifically “Tobacco”.
Accordingly, tensions started to rise between the two countries because of that reason, until the representatives from each of the 13 colonies came together and started to fight the colonizers which eventually led Americans to declare a war of independence against Britain, a war which is also called the “Revolutionary War,” and led to the full independence of the United States from British Empire.
And since then, Americans continued to commemorate Independence Day every year, in celebrations that allowed the new nation’s emerging political leaders to address citizens and create s feeling of unity.
• Kinds of celebrating the Independence Day in America!
The celebrations of this day are so special for Americans and therefore they take various forms. But nowadays, fireworks are considered the most common way to celebrate Independence Day. As a huge national holiday, people enjoy festivals including concerts, bonfires. Families and friends also gather together, enjoy outdoor barbecues, parties, go for picnics, and watch fireworks displays and parades throughout the country. Besides the most common symbol of the holiday which is the American flag, and the common musical accompaniment which is “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States.
The White House also puts on its own show on the South Lawn, while government officials also make speeches and take part in events.
Therefore, over the years, the political importance of the holiday would decline, but Independence Day remained an important national holiday and a symbol of patriotism.
• Interesting facts about the Independence Day!
– In fact, the Independence Day was not on July 4, but instead it was on July 2 when the Continental Congress approved the legal separation of the 13 colonies from Great Britain.
– Only two men signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776; John Hancock and Charles Thompson.
– Several countries have used that Declaration as a beacon in their own struggle for freedom. These countries include: France, Greece, Poland, Russia and many countries in South America.