Independence Day is considered as the birthday of the United States as a free and most independent state. Most Americans just call it the “4th of July,” on which date it always falls. A federal holiday honor the acceptance of the Rejection of Independence on July 4, 1776 by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies considered themselves as a new nation the United States of America and no longer part of the British Empire. Independence Day is commonly connected with fireworks, parades, barbecues, festivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history government and society of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.
Facts about America`s Independence Day
- A group of five people actually wrote the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston never signed it.
- After noticing the first civil reading of the Declaration of Independence in New York City, people tore down a statue of King George III. The metal in the statute was later used to make 42,000 musket balls for American military to use in the radical War.
- More than 40,000 fire bullets used 12,000 pounds of black powder shot off in New York City.
- Francis Scott Key is the writer of National Anthem and actually rented the melody from an old English drinking song called “Anacreon in Heaven.”
- Benjamin Franklin called the Bald Eagle “A bird of bad moral personality” after that Bald Eagle got selected for American`s country symbol.
- The United States air strike against Nazi Germany began on July 4, 1942.
- The Fourth of July wasn’t a nationwide holiday until 1870 when Congress approved a bill recognizing relatively few holidays as well as Christmas.
Celebrations on Independence Day in America
On the day of independence different other summertime activities also came to be linked with the Fourth of July from picnics to historical pageants to baseball games to eating water melon contents and tour to the beaches. Foods to eat like hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, Cole slaw, apple pie, and at times clam bakes.
Independence Day Parade
More than 6000 people participates in the streets of Historic Philadelphia and colorful Parade features marching bands, military members, floats and appearance of recent Miss America. Marching throughout the nation’s most significant square mile, the 1.2 Mile Parade marches down to the street of Chestnut to the 9th street.
Rodeos and Candles
Further attractive parties include the American Indian rodeo and three day Pow Wow in Flagstaff, Arizona, and the Lititz, Pennsylvania Candle festival where thousands of candles are floated in water and a “Queen of Candles” is elected.
John Adams Urged Recognition
The second president, John Adams would have accepted. “I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival,” he wrote his wife, Abigail. “It must be renowned by pomp and parade with playoffs, sports, guns, shows, events, bells, bonfires, and enlightenment from one end of the continent to the other end.
Let Freedom Ring
Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and Pennsylvania Society’s Sons of the Revolution take part in this special event in the gloominess of Independence Hall. The sunrise celebration finishes with representative tapping of the Liberty Bell at 2 p.m. at Independence National Historical Park.
MUSIC, CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS ON NATIONAL MALL
A fife and drum corps, parade and concerts on the National Mall highlight the festivities in Washington. The National Mall hosts the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This is the yearly festival features the culture of America and thousands of guests come to the mall before the evening fireworks. The U.S. Air Force Band performs at Washington Monument grounds. This is the big event “Capitol Fourth” there is the performance on the west lawn of the Capitol and before fireworks there is the National masterpiece Orchestra event happens in Washington.