In the United States of America, Independence Day has celebrated annually on July 4. Independence Day USA is otherwise called “the fourth of July” or “July Fourth.” It is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Independence Declaration, 241 years ago in 1776 on July 4 by the Continental Congress. The day reminds us that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation and they were no longer part of the British empire.
“A good many elderly people are afflicted with dreadful head-aches on the Fourth of July; but I suspect they don’t mind it very much, for in every puff of blue smoke that wreathes itself under their noses, they see a boy’s or a girl’s happy face.” – William H. Rideing
History of Independence Day USA
In 1775, citizens in the USA began to fight against the British Empire for their Independence. On July 2, 1776, Congress quietly voted for independence from Great Britain. On July 4, 1776, the final wording for the Independence declaration was approved, and the Declaration document was published. On July 8, 1776, the statement of independence was read in front of the public. Then delegates began to sign the Declaration of Independence on August 2 of 1776. In 1870, Independence Day USA was made an unpaid holiday for federal employees, and it became a paid holiday in 1941. John Adams in a letter to his wife Abigail said how to celebrate Independence Day USA. He described “pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations” throughout the United States of America. Interestingly the term Independence Day was not used until 1791. The signers of the Independence Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, both died on July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the adoption of the resolution. It is also remarkable to note that Native Americans lived in the country and each tribe had its nation and government before the European settlers.
Quotes for Happy Independence Day USA
“For what avail the plow or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“That which distinguishes this day from all others is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges.” – John Burroughs
“Hail! Independence, hail! Heaven’s next best gift, To that of life and an immortal soul.” – James Thomson
“A statistician made a few calculations and discovered that since the birth of our nation more lives had been lost in celebrating independence than in winning it.” – Curtis Billings
“We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their plows but to secure liberty for their souls.” – Robert J. McCracken
Other Celebrations on July 4
July 4 is also celebrated as
- National Barbecued Spareribs Day
- Independence From Meat Day
- National Caesar Salad Day
- Jackfruit Day
- Sidewalk Egg Frying Day
How to Celebrate Independence Day
Independence Day is a federal holiday in USA and families celebrate that day by going to a picnic or barbecue and will take advantage of the day off. People may also do some fun activities like swimming, fishing, boating, sunbathing, playing sports, kicking back, and much more. In the evening the people will launch their fireworks. Parades will be in the morning, while the launch of fireworks will occur at night times at places like parks, fairgrounds, or town squares. You can use the hashtag #HappyIndependenceDay to post on social media.
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