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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.

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 in 1982

June 25 ~ Mozambique celebrates independence from Portugal in 1975.

June 25 ~ Croatia's Statehood Day celebrates declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

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 in 1960.

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