Independence Day

June 29th 2015
By: Mary.Wilkins
Independence Day

The 4th of July is the United States’ National Day and is celebrated with a federal holiday in the USA to commemorate the adoption of Declaration of Independence. 56 delegates to the second continental congress in Philadelphia signed the United States Declaration of Independence – it is a statement announcing that the 13 American colonies which were then at war with Great Britain, were now independent states and no longer a part of the British Empire.

The day is associated with fireworks, parades, baseball games and family get-togethers amongst other celebrations.  It’s a patriotic holiday and Americans celebrate the positive aspects of the United States.  Traditional food enjoyed will typically include hamburgers and cheeseburgers – food associated with meeting outdoors.

Lots of politicians appear at public events and show their support for the history, heritage and people of the country.  Americans give thanks for the freedom and liberties fought by the first generation of many of today’s Americans.  The Statue of Liberty is the national monument which is associated with Independence Day.

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were both signers of the Declaration of Independence and presidents of the United States, and both died on July 4th 1826, exactly 50 years after the adoption of the declaration.  John Adams wrote the first description of how Independence Day would be celebrated in a letter to his wife in 1776.  He described ‘pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations’ throughout the United States.  The term Independence Day was not used until 1791.