One of the widely celebrated national holidays in the United States is its Independence Day, which takes place every fourth of July. Thus, the country’s independence day may also be referred to as the “Fourth of July,” “the Fourth,” or “the Glorious Fourth.” The independence day celebration usually involves political ceremonies, parades, fireworks, baseball games, fairs, carnivals and picnics.
Events Leading to the Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence of the United States from Great Britain took place on July 4, 1776. Two days before its declaration, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve the resolution proposed by Virginia’s Henry Richard Lee. His resolution suggests the Declaration of Independence of the United States from Great Britain.
After the resolution to declare independence won, the Congress formed a Committee of Five, which was headed by Thomas Jefferson, to write the Declaration of Independence. It was only after two days that the Congress agreed on the final version of the Declaration and copies were circulated to be viewed by the public.
Some of the forms of the Declaration of Independence were printed on broadsides by John Dunlop on night of July fourth. Of the estimated 200 copies that were printed, only 26 copies survives up to this time. The most popular copy of the Declaration of Independence is the parchment or the engrossed copy, which is on display at the National Archives. This is the signed copy and has the title “The unanimous declaration of the thirteen United States of America.”
There are historians who do not agree that the Declaration was signed on the 4th of July, though. They believe that it was on August 2 when most of the delegates signed the document.
Fourth of July Traditions
Because the celebration of independence of the United States takes place during summer, most of the activities are usually done in the outdoors. There are many public events in which politicians and celebrities become the central figures. Barbecue parties and picnics reunite families and friends.
The morning of July 4 has parades that feature the red, white and blue colors of the American flag. Fireworks displays take place at the parks and squares during the evenings.
Other Events that Took Place on the Fourth of July
An interesting coincidence occurred on July 4, 1826 – 50 years after the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the only men who signed the Declaration and who became US presidents passed away on the same day.
The celebration of the independence of the United States is a special event for every American citizen. As a free country, each person has learned to value how this date changed history.