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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.

December 9 ~ Tanzania's Independence Day celebrates independence from the United Kingdom in 1961.

December 12 ~ Kenya's Jamhuri Day celebrates independence from the United Kingdom in 1963.

December 16 ~ Bangladesh  celebrates Victory Day, the day the Bangladesh Liberation War ended in 1971

December 26 ~ Slovenia Independence and Unity Day celebrating independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

December 29 - Independence Day in Mongolia (Tusgaar Togtnoliin Üdür), celebrating independence from China in 1911.

January 1 ~ Slovakia's Independence Day celebrates independence from Czechoslovakia in 1993.

January 1 ~ Cuba's  Liberation Day celebrates Fidel Castro taking power in 1959.

January 1 ~ Haiti celebrates Declaration of independence from France in 1804

January 29 ~ Kansas Day commemorates 1861 admission of Kansas into the United States of America.

January 31 - Nauru 's Independence Day commemorates the day it became an  independent republic in 1968.

Tanzania flag

Czech Republic flag
Mongolia National Flag
Suriname national flag
Mauritania national flag
Albanian Flag, Heart and Independence Day decal
Barbados flag

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

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U.S. Flag

Patriotic "Open" Flag Kit
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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