What is Independence Day?
Independence Day is a day of family celebrations with picnics and barbecues, showing a great deal of emphasis on the American tradition of political freedom. Activities associated with the day include watermelon or hot dog eating competitions and sporting events, such as baseball games, three-legged races, swimming activities and tug-of-war games.
Many people display the American flag outside their homes or buildings. Many communities arrange fireworks that are often accompanied by patriotic music.
The most impressive fireworks are shown on television. Some employees use one or more of their vacation days to create a long weekend so that they can escape the heat at their favorite beach or vacation spot.
Independence Day is a patriotic holiday for celebrating the positive aspects of the United States.
The Fourth of July celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence, whose principles are cherished by democratic and progressive people everywhere. In the United States, we are blessed with abundant liberty and opportunity. Our pursuit of social justice inspires world leaders and influential thinkers and propels history forward.
Many politicians appear at public events to show their support for the history, heritage and people of their country. Above all, people in the United States express and give thanks for the freedom and liberties fought by the first generation of Manu of today’s Americans. The Statue of Liberty is a national monument that is associated with Independence Day.
Independence Day is a federal holiday. If July 4 is a Saturday, it is observed on Friday, July 3. If July 4 is a Sunday, it is observed on Monday, July 5.
Government offices and schools are closed. Some businesses may be closed as well. In some years, many employees use a proportion of their vacation days to create a long weekend. This can cause congestion in some places, particularly towards popular holiday destinations.
There are many public events, parades, shows and fireworks displays. This may cause local disruption to traffic. Public transit systems do not usually regular timetables.
About Independence Day
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.
Interestingly, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both signers of the Declaration of Independence and presidents of the United States died on July 4, 1826 – exactly 50 years after the adoption of the declaration.
It is also important to note that Native Americans lived in the country and each tribe had its own nation and government prior to the European setters.
This week, we encourage you to do something kind for someone else. Show gratitude for your neighbors. Let’s celebrate the American Spirit that binds us all together and makes this country so special!
Whether you’re traveling or staying at home, we hope that enjoy the holiday and have a great Fourth of July!