4th July America’s Independence Day Overview
If you live outside of America, the 4th of July may seem like any other day. However, for a US citizen or a US citizen living in another country, it is more than just a date. It is the day when every American citizen is reborn to witness the glory that “The Land of Opportunity” embodies. This is the day that the United States of America was founded, and Americans celebrate the Fourth of July to keep the sense of patriotism alive in their hearts and to become connected with the symbolic importance of the struggle.
The History Behind America’s Independence
The country was known as the “United Colonies” before it was officially named the “United States of America.” Before the American Revolution, America was divided into thirteen colonies: New England (New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut); the Middle (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware); and the Southern (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) (Maryland, Virginia; North Carolina; South Carolina; and Georgia). The British ruled the colonies after annexing the territories and obliterating the Indigenous and Native Americans. Colonization began in 1606 when King James I granted the Virginia Company of London a charter to begin capturing American territories. After the British completely conquered the northern region, they established thirteen colonies (small states) in the 17th and early 18th centuries and began referring to the colonies as British America.
The Declaration of America’s Independence
After 176 years, a formal meeting of the party members of the Second Continental Congress took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Declaration of Independence (or The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America) stated why everything happened and that after signing, these colonies would no longer be subject to British rule and would be grouped together and referred to as The United States of America. And on July 4, 1776, the colonies were released from the control of the British, and the United States of America was born.
How is Independence Day celebrated in the United States of America?
On American calendars, the day when America gained independence from the British is honoured as a national holiday. On July 4, all offices, shops, banks, and federal offices are closed. The most traditional way for Americans to celebrate Independence Day is to light fireworks in the sky. Parades are staged in national malls and conference centers. People flock in large numbers to see the magnificent celebration with their family and friends.
In America, the theme for Independence Day is red and blue, and people decorate their homes and fly the national flag outside.
Carnivals are conducted around the country to commemorate the nation’s founding. Citizens also celebrate the country’s inception by going to baseball games and concerts. In addition, barbeques in the backyard are a religious practise in the United States. For many, July 4 represents an opportunity to put aside political disagreements and celebrate togetherness whilst reminiscing on the revolution that birthed humankind’s longest-lived republic.
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