The fourth of July is the Independence Day of the United States. It is one of the major holidays in the country which commemorates the declaration of Independence of the U.S from Great Britain. The day is also referred to as ‘Fourth of July’ and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy. Fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies are the common sights on this day that are being done in lieu of celebrating this special day.
History behind the Independence
The Declaration of Independence of the United States from Great Britain took place on July 4, 1776. Two days before its declaration, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve the resolution proposed by Virginia’s Henry Richard Lee. His resolution suggests the Declaration of Independence of the United States from Great Britain.
After the resolution to declare independence won, the Congress formed a Committee of Five, which was headed by Thomas Jefferson, to write the Declaration of Independence. It was only after two days that the Congress agreed on the final version of the Declaration and copies were circulated to be viewed by the public.
Some of the forms of the Declaration of Independence were printed on broadsides by John Dunlop on night of July fourth. Of the estimated 200 copies that were printed, only 26 copies survives up to this time. The most popular copy of the Declaration of Independence is the parchment or the engrossed copy, which is on display at the National Archives. This is the signed copy and has the title “The unanimous declaration of the thirteen United States of America.”
Some of the historians believe that it was on August 2 when most of the delegates signed the document.
Customs of Celebrating the Independence Day
Independence Day is considered as a federal holiday in the United States and is celebrated with great passion and devotion by all the residents. The morning of July 4 has parades that feature the red, white and blue colors of the American flag. Fireworks displays take place at the parks and squares during the evenings. Many people take advantage of this holiday by planning a vacation with their family and friends and celebrate the day in a unique way.
Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue and take advantage of the day off and, in some years, long weekend to gather with relatives. Decorations (e.g., streamers, balloons, and clothing) are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades are often in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.
The day holds an important place in the history and among the citizens of the country too. Since everyone has a different way of celebrating the Independence Day; the states and cities of the U.S adopt different ways to show their spirit of patriotism and make it special in their own way. This special day shall be celebrated in a special way as it is a matter of proud for all the citizens of the country.