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.
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."
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.
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
"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
"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."
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.
|March 26 ~
Bangladesh Independence Day celebrates declaration of
independence from Pakistan in 1971
March 31 ~ Malta'
s Freedom Day commemorates withdrawal of British troops from
Malta in 1979.
April 4 ~ Senegal
celebrates independence from France in 1960
April 6 ~ Tartan
Day, celebrating Scottish heritage on the day the Declaration of
Arbroath was signed in 1320 declaring Scottish independence.
April 17 ~ Syria's
Evacuation Day celebrates end of French colonial rule in 1946
April 27 ~ Sierra
Leone's Republic Day celebrates independence from the United
Kingdom in 1961
May 6 ~ Israel
celebrates its Declaration of Independence in 1948. Yom Ha'atzmaut.
May 9 ~ Alderney
celebrates the 1945 end of German Occupation of the Channel Islands.
May 14 ~ Paraguay's
Día de Independencia celebrates its declaration of
independence from Spain in 1811
June 1 ~ Samoa's
Independence Day celebrates independence from New Zealand in 1962
June 4 ~ Tonga
celebrates independence from Great Britain in 1970.
June 12 ~
Philippines' Araw ng Kalayaan celebrates 1898 independence declaration
by Emilio Aguinaldo during the Philippine Revolution against Spain.
June 14 ~ Falkland
Islands' Liberation Day celebrates the end of the Falklands War
June 25 ~
Mozambique celebrates independence from Portugal in 1975.
June 25 ~ Croatia's
Statehood Day celebrates declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in
June 26 ~
Madagascar celebrates independence from France in 1960.
June 27 ~ Djibouti
celebrates independence from France in 1977.
June 30 ~
Democratic Republic of the Congo celebrates independence from Belgium
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