Independence Day

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Independence Day

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Independence Day History

US Independence Day celebrates the United States' Declaration of Independence from British rule in 1776. It is a day to honor and remember the founding of the nation, focusing on the principles of freedom, democracy, and equality. The day is characterized by the display of the American flag, patriotic speeches, and other symbols of national pride.

The history of Independence Day dates back to July 4, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, a document drafted primarily by Thomas Jefferson. This marked the official separation of the thirteen American colonies from British rule, leading to a long, arduous war for independence that would conclude with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. Today, the holiday is an opportunity for Americans to reflect on the struggles and sacrifices of their forefathers and to appreciate the liberties they enjoy.

US Independence Day is primarily observed with a host of festive events and gatherings, including parades, barbecues, and firework displays in cities and towns across the nation. Many individuals take the time to attend celebrations with loved ones, creating a sense of community and shared pride in the accomplishments of the nation. US Independence Day is observed annually on July 4th, and it is customary for federal employees, as well as many other workers in the country, to enjoy a day off in honor of the occasion.

Independence Day facts

  • Independence was actually declared on July 2. The Declaration of Independence document was dated July 4 and it was signed August 2.
  • The original Declaration of Independence can be viewed by visiting the National Archives in Washington D.C. The original copy is severely faded and sits under special glass in the Rotunda for the Chambers of Freedom.
  • In July 1776, there were approximately 2.5 million people living in the new nation.
  • The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence didn't occur until July 8, 1776. It was sent to the printers on July 4th.
  • The Statue of Liberty is a great symbol of American Freedom. It was given to the US by France in 1886. It was delivered in 214 crates and assembled on what is known as Liberty Island, in New York Harbor.
  • Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty - John F. Kennedy

Top things to do in the US for Independence Day

  • Attend or host a Barbeque.
  • Watch Fireworks. Large cities such as New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles all have large firework displays.
  • Read or recite the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence.
  • Watch or attend Nathan's famous Hot Dog eating contest in Coney Island.
  • Watch a Parade. Most local cities host parades to celebrate Independence Day.

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