History of Fourth of July

History of Fourth of July

The 4th of July, also called Independence Day, is a holiday unique to the United States. As a day connected to the original separating from Britain, it very rapidly became a federal holiday, the center of patriotic thought and action. But not many people realize a few things about this day.

The average person, if asked, is likely to say that the 4th of July is celebrated because it was the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed and the colonies officially declared their desire to break free. However, neither of these is true. The original declaration, after a month of work in the Continental Congress, was approved on July 2nd of 1776. Indeed, at that time, John Adams predicted that July Second would soon become a holiday throughout the country to celebrate each year. The known Declaration of Independence, which differed from the original movement, was approved as a document two days later, on the 4th. However, it also was not signed at that time. There is some disagreement, but most historians believe the document was formally signed on August 2nd, and the July 4th date is due to a later created facsimile used to spread the word.

However, the date was set as quickly as a year later, with celebrations beginning even as the Revolutionary War raged. It was declared a federal holiday in 1870, making official what had been true from the start.

Today, the holiday is celebrated in multiple ways. As a summer holiday, it naturally lends itself to cookouts and picnics. The American colors of Red, White, and Blue, of course, are major decoration motifs throughout it. Flags are the most common image, though many others are used. Also notable is the firework displays. Common with many holidays, fireworks are nevertheless strongly associated with Independence Day, and are a common motif. Fairs, festivals, or just a cook out home with the family. Whichever you prefer, don’t forget to have fun on this, as in any holiday.

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