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Independence Day

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The Spirit of '76
Author: Archibald Willard

What does Independence Day celebrate?

The Fourth of July celebrates the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted declaring the United States as an independent country no longer under the rule of Great Britain.

When is it celebrated?

Independence Day is celebrated each year in the United States on July 4th. The day is often referred to as the Fourth of July.

Who celebrates this day?

Independence Day is a national federal holiday in the United States. Most citizens of the United State celebrate in some way.

What do people do to celebrate?

There are a lot of ways that people celebrate. Perhaps the most popular is to have a cookout with friends and then view fireworks. Some people purchase and light their own fireworks, while others will attend large gatherings with huge public displays of fireworks.

The day is a day of national pride and patriotic displays as well. This includes flying the US flag and wearing red, white, and blue. Many bands play patriotic songs like The Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, and God Bless America.

Other ways to celebrate include parades, baseball games, musical concerts, and outdoor picnics. Since the holiday is in the middle of summer much of the celebration takes place outdoors.
Fireworks at the Washington Memorial
Source: US Air Force

History of Independence Day

Independence Day celebrates July 4, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was approved by the 2nd Continental Congress of the United States. This occurred during the Revolutionary War with Great Britain.

The anniversary of the day was celebrated as early as the next year in 1777. Celebrations continued in future years, but it wasn't until nearly 100 years later in 1870 that the federal government gave employees the day off without pay. In 1938 Congress made the day a paid federal holiday.

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