Independence Day is an important holiday in the United States that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Let us look at this holiday’s history and festivities in our blog post.
Independence Day is a federal holiday that is celebrated annually on July 4th. The history behind this day started 241 years ago, when on July 4th, 1776 the United States of America proclaimed itself independent from the British Empire and adopted the Declaration of Independence. At that time the United States were made up of thirteen colonies: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The delegates from each colony, numbered from two to seven members, voted first to determine the colony’s vote. Twelve out of thirteen colonies voted in support of the independence on July 2nd, 1776. In the following two days the wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, PA.
This document is one of the most important historic relics in the United States. It outlined the ideas of a fair and just government, and the idea that all people have equal rights. One of the most famous statements on human rights comes from the second paragraph of the Declaration: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The official copy of the Declaration is displayed at the National Archives in Washington D.C.
Independence Day is celebrated by patriotic displays and themed events dedicated to national heritage and history. Because it is a federal holiday, most people do not work on this day and choose to spend time outdoors. Barbecue cookouts, picnics in the parks and bonfires on the beach are common.
Independence Day firework shows are also one of the staples of this holiday. Every state sets up their firework shows in different towns. If you happen to be in a big city on the evening of July 4th, you are in for a treat. Cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and many others have a spectacular firework show for the viewers. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks in New York City are considered to be the largest in the United States. They usually gather over 3 million spectators and over 10 million TV viewers. If you are interested in learning more about firework shows in the other cities around the US, click here.
As you can see the Fourth of July is an important and fun holiday. If you happen to be in the United States on Independence Day, we wish you a happy and memorable celebration!