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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.

February 15 ~ Serbia celebrates beginning of the Serbian revolution against Ottoman rule in 1804 and the adoption of the first constitution in 1835.

February 16 ~  Lithuanian State Reestablishment Day celebrates declaration of independence from Russia and Germany in 1918.

February 18 ~ Gambia  celebrates independence from the United Kingdom in 1965

February 24 ~ Estonia's Independence Day celebrates declaration of independence from Russia in 1918

February 27 ~ Dominican Republic celebrates independence from Haiti in 1844. 

March 1 ~ Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrate  "Dan nezavisnosti" proclamation of independence from Yugoslavia in 1992

March 2 ~ Texas' Independence Day celebrates declaration of independence from Mexico in 1836.

March 3 ~ Bulgaria celebrates  Liberation Day, gaining autonomy within Ottoman Empire in 1878

March 6 ~ Ghana celebrates independence from the United Kingdom in 1957.

March 25 ~Greece celebrates Declaration of independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821

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 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

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