This day is a federal holiday in the entire United States paying honor to the Declaration of independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. The Congress finally declared that the 13 American colonies were no longer in control of the British Monarch and is now free as independent states.
Though the Congress has voted for independence on 2 July it was declared 2 days after that is 4th July. It is a national holiday in the United States and the day is marked by patriotic displays. Outdoor celebrations are very common on this day and non-essential federal institutions such as federal courts and postal services remain closed on 4th July.
It is also a big time for families to celebrate this day by hosting a picnic or a day off or maybe a long weekend with close friends and family. Balloons and clothing are decorated Red, White and Blue which are the colors of the American flag and parades are held in morning and fireworks lit the entire area after dark in the evening.
National Anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner”, “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful” is also sung everywhere as a Tribute.
The History of this day is of great importance and every American should know what happened in the past. Few colonists in America desired complete independence after the initial battle of revolutionary war broke out in April 1775.
Many colonists came in favor of independence by the mid of the following year and because of the growing hostility against Britain revolutionary sentiments spread rapidly paying a strong way for independence. Continental Congress on June 7 met at the Pennsylvania state house and Mr. Richard Henry who was then the Virginia delegate introduced a motion calling for the colonial independence.
Congress then appointed a 5 man committee including Thomas Jefferson(Virginia) and John Adam(Massachusetts), Roger Sherman(Connecticut), Robert R. Livingstone(New York) and Benjamin Franklin(Pennsylvania) to draft a statement formally on the rational grounds to break with Britain.
At the same time, Congress also postponed Lee’s Resolution which was later favored by Continental Congress on July 2nd in a unanimous vote. On that day John Adams believed that the day was a correct day to celebrate the birth of American independence and should include Pomp and Parade, guns, Bonfires however on July 4th Congress formally adopted the Declaration making it the day of actual American independence.
Massachusetts became the first state to mark July 4 as an official off. Also in 1778 and 1781 George Washington issued double rations to all his soldiers to mark the anniversary.
The next Independence Day celebrations will be on 4th July 2019 which is a Thursday and Philadelphia marked the celebrations of the First Independence day on July 8 in 1776 and every year the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped 13 times to honor the 13 colonies who became independent and also the star on the American Flag represents the 13 American colonies. This day can also be known as the birth of a nation.