Facts You Need to Know About United States Independence Day

Facts You Need to Know About United States Independence Day

The United States is celebrating its 248th Independence Day on the Fourth of July. In addition to fireworks and other celebrations, the day marks some other significant historical events.

Let’s explore the facts about the United States’ historic day:

Historical Significance 

Independence Day marks the historic moment when the Declaration of self-rule was officially adopted. On July 4, 1776, thirteen American colonies declared freedom from British rule.

Which thirteen colonies declared Independence?

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Georgia
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts Bay
  • Maryland
  • South Carolina
  • New Hampshire
  • Virginia
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Important Dates Regarding Independence Day

  • July 2, 1776: The Continental Congress voted in favor of freedom from Britain.
  • July 4, 1776: The Continental Congress formally adopted the “Declaration of Independence,” primarily authored by Thomas Jefferson.
  • August 2, 1776: Most delegates signed the Declaration of Independence, making it official.
  • July 8, 1776: On this date, the 1st public reading of the Declaration of the U.S. self-rule occurred in Philadelphia’s Independence Square.
  • July 4, 1826: The United States celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Independence.
  • June 28, 1870: The U.S. Congress introduced a law making Independence Day a holiday for federal employees in the District of Columbia.

Drafting of the Declaration 

Thomas Jefferson, with input from members of the committee, written the “Declaration of Independence.” The committee members included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston.

Patriotic Symbols 

The American flag is widely displayed; many wear red, white, and blue clothing to show patriotism. Parades often feature military personnel, veterans, and floats decorated in national colors.

Early Celebrations 

The first annual Independence Day celebration was held on July 4, 1777, in Philadelphia. People celebrated the historic event’s anniversary with fireworks, bonfires, and public readings of the Declaration of Independence.

Fireworks Tradition 

Fireworks have been essential to Independence Day celebrations since the first anniversary in 1777. They symbolize the “rockets’ red glare” mentioned in “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Parades and Festivals 

Parades, concerts, and festivals are common across the country. Many cities hold large events, with Boston and Washington, D.C., hosting some of the most notable celebrations.

Naturalization Ceremonies 

Independence Day is a significant day for new citizens. Many naturalization ceremonies are held on July 4. The United States welcomes new immigrants as U.S. citizens and celebrating their new life in America.

Also read: Kamala Might Replace Joe Biden as President of Democrats

One thought on “Facts You Need to Know About United States Independence Day

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Enable Notifications Accept No thanks