The fourth of July is a big event in the United States as the country marks its independence declaration. The United States is lit in red and blue on Independence Day, from grand fireworks that light up the skies to special themes celebrations and outings. July 4, 2020, is the 244th year of superpower ‘s independence, and this day is of historic significance to any patriot in the USA. Feasts, parades, barbeques, carnivals, plays, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies contribute to the fourth of July. Continue reading for the facts about US Independence Day.
Why is the Fourth of July Is Celebrated As Us Independence Day?
July 4th is US Independence Day, and the Continental Congress is to be adopted. On 2nd July 1776, the official secession from Great Britain of 13 colonies took effect, but on 4th July after the emancipation bill was fully approved it took place. A Committee of Five, headed by his main author Thomas Jefferson, drafted the Declaration of Independence and eventually obtained the congress’ approval on fourth July.
History of US Independence Day
The US was named after the day it declared its independence from Britain 244 years ago as the most unforgettable day in the history of the world superpower. Although the immediate war was over and the official division took place on July 2, on July 4, the new constitution was proclaimed, making it the day of formal independence. There are numerous debates concerning the recognition of the Fourth of July as the day of independence because it was neither the day on which the legal division took place nor the day on which the declaration of independence was officially signed. While Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all wrote later that they had signed it on July 4, 1776, many historians believe the Declaration was signed on August 2, 1776, almost a month after its adoption.
How People Celebrate US Independence Day?
The special federal holiday is celebrated in many special ways by the people of the USA. Having special meals with family and friends is one of the most common forms of celebrating Independence Day. Some people love cooking holiday-themed delicacies to add more feeling to this important day as well.
On this day, where most people attend a large public gathering to enjoy the fireworks display, others buy their own fireworks and keep cozy celebrations with their loved ones, Fireworks are of special importance.
People are overloaded with feelings of patriotism. There are also formal and informal ceremonies for hoisting flags attended by people. People always love dressing up in the blue, red, and white colors of the national flag to display their love and pride for the country.
There are also several other ways to celebrate Independence Day which include attending concerts, sports, parades and other activities of this kind. Since this national holiday comes during the summer holidays, people enjoy most of those outdoor celebrations!
Interesting Facts About Fourth Of July
Here are some interesting and fun facts you should share with your kids on the 4th of July:
- Every year on this day about 500,000 people from all over the world gather to enjoy the spectacular show of fireworks and listen to some fine patriotic melodies in the popular Capitol lawn in Washington D.C ..
- This whole country is celebrating this day of Independence, but Rhode Island is the world’s longest-running festival each year for the Bristol Fourth July Parade. This parade takes place on this day every year since 1785.
- The only US president to date who was born on July 4 was Calvin Coolidge, the 30th US president. On 4 July 1872, the President was born.
- On US independence day of 1846, the Liberty Bell had been rung thirteen times, but is now ruckled and not struck many times because of fear that the bell, which holds great importance and historical value, could be damaged.
- The Declaration of Independence was signed by a total of 56 people (8 from Britain). Edward Rutledge was the youngest person to sign the declaration of independence, and Benjamin Franklin was 70 years old, the oldest.
- The stars were in a circle on the original American flag so that all the Colonies would look equal. The original American flag is made of 13 stars in a circle.
- For the first time in 1801, the White House celebrated Independence Day.
- Roughly 2.5 million people celebrated the first Independence Day, compared with more than 316 million people today.
- In 1870, almost 100 years after the Declaration of Independence, Congress declared July 4 an official holiday.
- Fireworks are a big part of the celebrations because, on July 4, 1777, the first Independence Day celebration saw Americans gathering to see the sky light up to celebrate the new nation.
- Americans are serious about their July 4 celebrations. About 150 million hot dogs will be eaten on that day!
- While the turkey was suggested by Benjamins Franklin as a national bird, the bald eagle was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
- On the fourth, President John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe all died. In 1826, Adams and Jefferson (both signed the Declaration) died within hours of one another on the same day.
- Originally, the tune of the National Anthem was used by an English drinking song entitled “to Anacreon in Heaven.” The lyrics have nothing to do with alcohol consumption but the “melody that Francis Key had in mind when he wrote those lyrics emerged years ago as the melody for a wine song.
So, these are some fun and interesting facts about US Independence Day you should share with your kids on the 4th of July.
Educating children about special occasions and special days is an integral aspect of educating them about the country’s history, culture, and values. We hope some of that information and events will make your child’s Independence Day more fun and special.