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Independence Day

Fourth of July (U.S.)

The signing of the Declaration of Independence by delegates from the 13 colonies of the United States in 1776 is celebrated on the 4th of July with barbecues, parades, concerts, picnics, and fireworks.

Usually referred to as the "Fourth of July" in the U.S., it is the only holiday in the country that’s best known by its date.


The Declaration of Independence

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
 



"That to secure these rights,  Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

Quoting John Adams

Massachusetts delegate and future president of the United State, John Adams, in a letter to his wife, Abigail:

"Yesterday the greatest Question was decided, which ever was debated in America, and a greater, perhaps, never was or will be decided among Men.

"A Resolution was passed without one dissenting Colony 'that these united Colonies, are, and of right ought to be free and independent States, and as such, they have, and of Right ought to have full Power to make War, conclude Peace, establish Commerce, and to do all the other Acts and Things, which other States might rightfully do...' This . . . Day . . . will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.

"I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. . . . It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."

Independence Days Worldwide

Like the one in the U.S., most Independence Day holidays commemorate the anniversary of a nation's statehood after ceasing to be a colony or part of another nation or state.

September 21 ~ Armenia celebrates independence from the Soviet Union in 1991

September 21 ~  Belize celebrates independence from the United Kingdom in 1981

September 30 ~ Botswana celebrates independence from the United Kingdom in 1966

October 1 ~ Cyprus celebrates independence from the United Kingdom in 1960.

October 1 ~ Tuvalu's Independence Day celebrates independence from the Gilbert Islands (Kiribati) in 1975 and from the United Kingdom in 1978.

October 2 ~ Guinea celebrates independence from France in 1958

October 3
~  Iraq celebrates independence from the United Kingdom in 1932

October 8 ~ Croatia celebrates official separation from Yugoslavia in 1991.

Armenia national flag

Belize national flag

Mexico national flag

Indonesia national flag



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Grand Finale Light Show

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Patriotic "Open" Flag Kit

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Protocols of Liberty
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 Don't Tread On Me Historical Flag

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