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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.

July 1 ~ Rwanda celebrates independence from Belgium in 1962

July 3 ~ Belarus  Independence Day celebrates liberation of Minsk from German occupation by Soviet troops in 1944.

July 5 ~ Venezuela's Independence Day celebrates declaration of independence from Spain in 1811

July 9 ~ Argentina celebrates its  Declaration of Independence from Spain in 1816.

July 9 ~ South Sudan's Independence Day celebrates independence from Sudan in 2011.

July 10 ~ Bahamas celebrates independence from the United Kingdom in 1973

July 11 ~ Mongolia's Naadam Holiday celebrates establishment of independence from China and Russia in 1921.

July 20 ~ Colombia celebrates  Declaration of independence from Spain in 1810

July 23 ~ Egypt's Revolution Day celebrates the revolution of 1952

July 28 ~ Fiestas Patrias. Peru celebrates its declaration of independence from Spain. On this day in 1821, General Don Jose De San Martin declared Peru free of Spain after large battles through the country.

August 5 ~ Burkina Faso celebrates  Independence Day, from France in 1960

August 6 ~ Jamaica celebrates independence from Great Britain in 1962..

August 6 ~ Bolivia celebates Proclamation of Republic in 1825

Rwanda national flag

Venezuela national flag
Bahamas national flag
Mongolia National Flag
Phillippines National Flag

Mongolia national flag
Greece national flag

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July 4th fireworks, Washington, D.C.
July 4th fireworks, Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Flag

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Patriotic "Open" Flag Kit

Protocols of Liberty
Protocols of Liberty
Communication Innovation and the American Revolution

Don't Tread On Me Historical Flag
 Don't Tread On Me Historical Flag

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