Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States since 1941. But the tradition of this Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century.
In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence.
Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, 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 traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.
|At this time of year, American flags are easy to spot. Each part of the flag stands for something. The 50 stars stand for the 50 states. The 13 stripes stand for the 13 British colonies, which declared their independence on July 4, 1776. The flag is a symbol — a way to show the world what we stand for.