Independence DayFourth 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.
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.
July 4th fireworks, Washington, D.C.
Patriotic "Open" Flag Kit
Protocols of Liberty
Communication Innovation and the American Revolution
Don't Tread On Me Historical Flag
Fireworks Specialist Parking Sign