WHAT: July 4th – American Independence Day
The fourth of July is the birthday of the United States of America. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence. Today, we celebrate and enjoy the freedom that comes with the event that made this day so special.
The Fourth of July (also known as Independence Day or July 4th) has been a national holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution, against British rule in America.
Thomas Jefferson, is the author of the Declaration of Independence. He led a committee that crafted the declaration between June 11-28, 1776. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence. Jefferson and other representatives from the thirteen colonies, voted and approved it on July 4, 1776. The document declared freedom for the 13 colonies from British rule. It currently resides in the Exhibition Hall of the National Archive in Washington, D.C.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Declaration of Independence was not signed by all representatives until August, 1776. To make it official, John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress signed it.
Today, we enjoy the benefits of the freedom which the framers signed and ultimately fought for. For us, it is a time for fireworks, parades, baseball, hot dogs, concerts, barbecues, family gathering, and festivities. Summer is in full swing and life is good.
Fourth of July is known to have fireworks. Fireworks are enjoyed by almost everyone. You should have your choice of several locations in your area on the Fourth.