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Independence Day
Federal
God Bless the USA!

When: July 4th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Family reunions. Attending barbecues, firework shows and remembering those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

Numbers

According to the The American Pyrotechnics Association, they estimate that more than 14,000 firework shows take occur every Fourth of July in the United States.

Description

On this historic 4th day of July in 1776, the 13 original colonies declared their independence from England and formed what is now called the United States of America.  During the American Revolution, it was decided by the continental congress that the 13 colonies should not be ruled by the Great Britain and King George III and should be united and free.  A Declaration of Independence was by drafted by Thomas Jefferson and four other members of the Second Continental Congress, which included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston. Of course this didn't make the British too happy and the War of Independence ensued, ( also referred to as the American Revolutionary War ). Notable events during the war include the American and French Armies forcing British General Charles Cornwallis at Yorktown into surrender.   The confirmation of George Washington by the Second Continental Congress to create the Continental Army.  George Washington and his army suffered greatly but fought heroically and never surrendered.  One of the most remembered acts during the war was when in the middle of the Christmas night in 1776, Washington crossed the Delaware river for a surprise attack at the Battle of Trenton the next morning on December 26.  In 1781 the British officially surrendered and the war was over and now we celebrate this independence every year on the 4th of July!

Interesting Facts

  1. It's estimated that Americans will eat over 150 million hotdogs during the 4th of July celebration.
  2. John Hancock actually is the only one who signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
  3. No boys allowed! The average age of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence was 45 years old.
  4. Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826.
  5. The first Independence Day that was celebrated in Philadelphia, actually occurred on July 8th, 1776.

Information

Observed:
  • July 4th
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