4th of July, Independence Day facts, history, celebration

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Why do we celebrate the 4th of July?

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Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth (July 4 1776, 4th of July) in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire. We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

IIndependence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

What is celebrated on Independence Day?

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Independence Day July 4th. On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the “land of the free and the home of the brave” so they can begin their American Dream. The United States is truly a diverse nation made up of dynamic people.

Is the Fourth of July America's birthday?

July 4th, 2015 will mark the 239th anniversary of when the original thirteen colonies declared their independence from Britain in 1776. What? You don't think there are people who actually believe that America is turning 2015? Well, then just keep your eyes on Twitter and see what birthday wishes the U.S. is getting.

Interesting facts

  • Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write the Declaration of Independence over the much more qualified and more skilled writer Ben Franklin.  The reason behind this, according to Ormand Seavey, editor of Oxford’s edition of Ben Franklin’s autobiography, was that Franklin was known to put very subtle satire in just about everything he wrote and, quite often, nobody but he was smart enough to comprehend it until much later.  Knowing this document would likely be examined closely by the nations of the world at that time, they chose to avoid the issue by having the much less gifted writer, Jefferson, write it instead, with Franklin and three others to help Jefferson draft it.
  • The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence occurred in the yard of Independence Hall on July 8th, read by John Nixon.

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