On July 4, Americans gather to commemorate the Independence Day and birthday of America. On this day, most Americans enjoy grilling in their backyards, parks, or beaches. Some people enjoy parades or marches and the fireworks that are frequently launched at dusk. We begin the celebrations with facts, trivia, and everything else you need to know about Independence Day. Happy Fourth of July!
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The American glory of Red, White, and Blue is celebrated on July 4th as Independence Day.
History of Independence Day
Although most of us had already learned this history of America in school, we were probably not paying attention as the clock approached recess or the end of the day. But we can’t fully appreciate our liberties unless we understand how we obtained them — and, more importantly, how close we came to losing them. The story of America’s independence is truly fascinating, with far more historical twists and turns than we could possibly cover here. But we can get you started with the fundamentals. America was not a nation of ‘united states’ in the 1700s. Instead, there were 13 colonies, each with its own personality. From 1763 to 1773, King George III of the United Kingdom and the British Parliament imposed a series of draconian taxes and laws on the colonies. Excessive taxes on British luxury goods like tea and sugar were designed to benefit the British crown at the expense of the colonists’ hardships. By 1764, the phrase “Taxation without representation is tyranny” had become a rallying cry of outrage throughout the colonies.
The more the colonists rebelled, the more forcefully King George responded. Imagine if enemy soldiers could not only enter your home, but also demand that you feed and house them. The Quartering Act of 1765 authorized British soldiers to do so. However, the Stamp Act of 1765 was the straw that broke the colonists’ backs. This act, passed by Parliament in March, taxed any printed paper, including newspapers, legal documents, ship’s papers, and even playing cards! As the colonists grumbled louder and bolder, British ships arrived in Boston Harbor in the fall of 1768 as a show of force. Because of the British Empire’s global presence, the British Navy dominated seas all over the world.
Tensions erupted in Boston Harbor on March 5, 1770, during a street fight between a group of colonists and British soldiers. Crispus Attucks, the first American and Black man to die in the Boston Massacre, was 47 years old when the soldiers opened fire, killing him along with three other colonists. The Boston Tea Party (from which today’s Tea Party Republicans derive their name) erupted in 1773 when colonists disguised as Mohican Indians raided a British ship, dumping all the tea overboard in order to avoid paying taxes. Continued pressure led to resistance and the outbreak of the Revolutionary War in the towns of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, when a militia of patriots clashed with British soldiers. The conditions for American independence were ideal.
When the Revolutionary War began in April 1775, only a few colonists desired total independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered extremists. However, by the middle of the following year, many more colonists had shifted toward independence as a result of growing hostility toward Britain and the spread of revolutionary ideas such as those expressed in Thomas Paine’s bestselling pamphlet “Common Sense,” published in early 1776. On June 7, 1776, the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, and Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies’ independence.
In the midst of heated debate, Congress rescheduled the vote on Lee’s resolution but appointed a five-member committee — Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Robert R. Livingston of New York — to draft a formal statement justifying the defect from Great Britain. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted almost unanimously in favor of Lee’s resolution for independence, and on July 4th, it formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, which was largely written by Jefferson. Finally, the process of writing the Declaration of Independence was contentious. After much debate over what to include and exclude, Thomas Jefferson, who was tasked with putting the document together, envisioned a nation where “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” crystallized the very meaning of being an American. The document declared the liberation of the 13 American colonies from Britain and reaffirmed their rights as free men, declaring that they were no longer subject (and subordinate) to Britain’s monarch, King George III, and were now united, free, and independent states.
John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that July 2 “will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as great anniversary Festival,” with “Pomp and Parade… From one end of the continent to the other, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations.” Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the only two signatories to the Declaration of Independence who later served as presidents of the United States, died on the same day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although he was not a signatory to the Declaration of Independence, James Monroe, another Founding Father elected to the presidency, died on July 4, 1831, making him the third President to die on the Fourth of July. Calvin Coolidge, who was born on July 4, 1872, is the only U.S. president to have been born on Independence Day.
Events of America day
Independence Day of America parades have a long history. By the summer of 1776, Americans had begun to commemorate the ‘death’ of British rule with mock funerals, revelry, and feasting. Americans still love to party, and for a truly authentic experience, head to Bristol, Rhode Island, which has hosted America’s oldest Independence Day parade since 1785. Watch marching fife and drum corps, cartoon characters, and celebrities in vintage cars. On July 4th, we bring out family recipes for chili, barbecue ribs, chicken, and even tofu. We enjoy Louisiana gumbo and lobster boils in Maine. There are zesty potato salads and roasted sweet corn on the cob. Pies and cakes are on the table. Independence Day allows you to indulge in some patriotic fare.
They whiz, chirp, and bang. Fireworks originated with the ancient Chinese, spread to Europe, and were later added to early American Independence Day celebrations. On July 4, 1777, both Boston and Philadelphia set off fireworks. Independence Day, according to John Adams, “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, bonfires and illumination.” This year, celebrate the Fourth of July with a spectacular fireworks display!
How to celebrate Independence Day?
- Take a look at the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence Day of America has never been read by the majority of Americans. But if it hadn’t been for this brief but historic document, they might not have been able to spend the day grilling or lighting fireworks, and they certainly wouldn’t have had the day off.
- See the fireworks! It’s a lot of fun — in more ways than one. Observing fireworks on the Fourth of July is a centuries-old tradition. In fact, on July 3, 1776, John Adams alluded to this type of celebration in a letter to his wife Abigail.
- Visit a national or historical site. America is rich in historical landmarks and sites. There is almost certainly a historical site nearby no matter where you live in the country. A Native American reservation, a Civil War battleground, a government building, or a war memorial are all possibilities.
Facts about America and its Independence Declaration
- John Adams refused to celebrate July 4th. Because the actual vote for independence occurred on July 2, 1776, John Adams rejected to recognize July 4 celebrations. The Declaration of Independence was finalized on July 4, but the majority of signers signed it on August 2, 1776.
- A 17-year-old created the current flag of America. The current 50-star flag of America was designed by 17-year-old Robert Heff as part of a high school project. It was 1958, and there were only 48 states in America, but Heft had a feeling Hawaii and Alaska would be granted statehood soon.
- Everyone knows Lake Superior is large, but few people know exactly how big it is. Lake Superior is not only the largest freshwater lake in the world, but it also holds three quadrillion gallons of water. That is enough liquid to completely submerge both North and South America.
- Most people believe Columbus landed in North America, but what you probably didn’t know about Columbus is that he never set foot on the continent. Columbus only visited the Caribbean Islands, as well as parts of Central America and South America.
- The Declaration of Independence was not only written formally to allow colonies seeking foreign allies to legally declare themselves free from the British.
- Most people believe English is the official language of the United States, but while this is true in many states, the federal government has never declared an official language. Not in English or in any other language.
- Do you know, how old is America? According to the date of independence day, the Age of America is now 245 Years.
- Many people believe Jamestown, Virginia is the oldest city in the United States, but it is actually the oldest English settlement. St Augustine, Florida, is the oldest city in the United States.
- There is no treasure map, as depicted in the film “National Treasure,” but there is something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence that says, “Original Declaration of Independence dates 4th July 1776.”
- You’d be mistaken if you assumed the astronaut with the most time in space was a man. That distinction belongs to a woman from America. Astronaut Peggy Whitson has spent the most cumulative time in space.
- Did you know the word Pennsylvania is spelled incorrectly on the Liberty Bell? Actually, spelled incorrectly is probably a bit harsh: when the bell was made in 1752, it was one of several acceptable spellings.
- Denali, formerly known as Mt McKinley, is the highest mountain in the United States. It is more than 20,310 feet tall. If you want to see Denali up close, there is a National Park with over six million acres to explore.
Importance of Independence Day
It’s the tastiest day of the summer. Few days of the year provide as much food variety as the Fourth of July. Steak? Check. What about chicken wings? Yep. Strawberry pie from scratch? Absolutely. What about macaroni and cheese? You’ve got it. Whatever you crave, it will almost certainly be available on Independence Day of America. We’re all in this thing together. Admit it: the Fourth of July gets you excited. Perhaps it’s the parades, the barbecues, or, more likely, the fireworks. This is the one night of the year when you can stand outside and watch the sky light up while being surrounded by children laughing, dogs barking, and patriotic music playing.
You are free to wear whatever you want as long as it is red, white, and blue. What about that bandana you never get to wear? That old T-shirt with the American flag on it? All of these are acceptable on Independence Day, as long as they are red, white, and blue.
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