Independence Day

Independence Day or 4th of July celebrates the birth of American independence. On July 4th, 1776 the Declaration of Independence drafted by Thomas Jefferson was adopted by the delegates of the American colonies.

About the Independence Day

The Continental Congress voted the Declaration of Independence o July 2nd, 1776. It proclaimed that the American colonies were no longer subordinate to the British monarchy. As a result, the moment when all the colonies adopted the Declaration became the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. 4th of July became the national holiday of the United States. While it has been celebrated since the XVIIIth century, Independence Day has become a federal holiday only in 1941.

How is the Independence Day celebrated?

Independence Day is celebrated with events all around the country and in American communities all around the world. It’s a festive occasion for which fireworks, concerts, carnivals, parades, and sports events are organized. Political speeches and family reunions are also traditional. Many people have barbeques and picnics, take part in games and wear red, white, and blue outfits.

When is Independence Day?

Independence Day is celebrated each year on July 4th.

Is the Independence Day a federal holiday?

Yes, Independence Day is one of the ten federal holidays recognized by the United States Government. Federal non-essential government offices and private businesses are closed on Independence Day.


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