We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation from Great Britain.
Did you know that Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed later in 1939 and 1941.
In the early years, celebrations were not popular as the date wasn’t given much attention.
Many ways of celebration take place on Independence Day, the include political speeches and ceremonies along with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, baseball games, class reunions and family reunions take place all across the country celebrating our independence. Honoring 4th of July, Independence, family and friends!
In celebration of Independence Day many songs have been written and the charts and fans are loving the hits and the classics ~ some of which include: our National Anthem – “The Star Spangled Banner”, “God Bless America”, “America the Beautiful”, “My Country, Tis of Thee”, “This Land Is Your Land”, “Stars and Stripes Forever”, “God Bless the U.S.A.”, “Yankee Doodle” and “Dixie”. There is a wide range of music all celebrating the USA!
Did you know that at noon, a “Salute to the Union” is fired, each Independence Day, by any capable military base. This is a salute of one gun for each state in the United States?
New York City hosted the largest fireworks display in the country in 2009? Happy 4th of July everyone!!!