Dedicated to the Declaration of Independence, Independence Day is celebrated on July 4th. During this holiday, parades and fireworks, barbecues and carnivals, fairs and picnics, concerts and sports games, family evenings and ceremonies with political speeches take place. This national day proclaims the freedom and independence of the United States of America.
In 1776, 13 American colonies seceded from Great Britain following the American Revolution, and on July 2, the members of the Second Continental Congress cast their votes for a resolution declaring independence. It was previously suggested by Richard Lee in June. After the vote, consideration began of the Declaration of Independence, which was prepared by the Committee of Five and its main author, Thomas Jefferson. During consideration and discussion, criticism of the slave trade was removed from the Declaration, after which it was approved on July 4.
- From 1763 to 1773, the British King George III imposes severe taxes on the American colonies, which were disadvantageous to the colonists;
- In 1941, the holiday received federal status;
- Two US presidents, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, died on the 50th anniversary of the holiday on July 4, 1826, and another president, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831.
How to take part
Read the Declaration of Independence – this is a short, but very important document you need to be familiar with. Also on July 4, you can watch fireworks, visit historical sites of the United States, and go on a picnic with loved ones. Traditional dishes for this day are grilled steak, chicken wings, and strawberry pie. An obligatory tradition on this day is hanging the American flag on at your porch or from the window and wearing clothes with the image of the US flag.
When is Independence Day Celebrated in 2023?
Independence Day is associated with the anticipation of happiness and joy. It is observed on July the 4th each year.