The history behind the 4th of July is extremely colorful. It was a historical moment in time when all the people fought for freedom, for themselves, their children and their children’s children. This is why the United States of America is a super power today.
To give the country the independence they wanted, Congress got together in Philadelphia and chose a committee to work on a formal document that informed Great Britain to free America from their ruling. The people chose this because they wanted to live on their own and provide for their own needs. This committee appointed Thomas Jefferson to write the first draft of the committee’s discussions. Revisions were made and on July 2, 1776, the country declared its independence. The official adoption came just two days later, July 4, 1776.
The United States celebrates the 4th of July as a federal holiday. It is the only holiday in the United States that celebrates its history as a whole. The day is one that is full of celebrations, fireworks and displays of patriotism. Most celebrations are outdoors since the holiday falls in the peak of summer. Barbeques, parades, picnics, family reunions and other gatherings are held over the 4th of July weekend.
Early in the morning on the 4th of July, parades are held in most communities with marching bands, beauty pageant winners, floats and drill and dance team performances displaying all sorts of patriotic themes and balloon displays. Adults and children line the streets to enjoy the parades going through the city as candy is tossed to the crowds. Later, during the evening hours when it is dark, displays of fireworks are held with colorful explosions adding bright light to the sky and signs of hope and freedom. Some communities hold concerts and orchestras or musical productions during their fireworks show.
These celebrations are held all over the universe from sea to shining sea. The celebrations are as distinctive as the community that hosts it. For example, in the west, country fairs and rodeos are common for the 4th of July events. In the New York area, there is an annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Regardless of how you choose to celebrate the 4th of July, it is an event that signifies the independence and freedom of the United States of America.