What is Independence Day and why it is celebrated in the USA?

The birth of America is celebrated on the 4th of July every year since 1776 after everyone voted in favor of Independence. Independence Day officially became a Federal holiday in 1941. If July 4th falls on a Saturday, then Independence Day is observed on Friday and if the date falls on a Sunday, then it is celebrated on Monday. Independence Day 2018 is to fall on the 4th of July, which is a Wednesday.

Independence Day was an idea put forward by Richard Henry Lee in 1776. The voting for the motion was held on the 2nd and put into effect on the 4th of July.

The Declaration of Independence was filed and to this day remains a proof of the day that America got its Independence. The celebrations in America on the 4th of July are massive.

People wear patriotic colors of the flag and take part in parades, carnivals, and public speeches. Most of the government offices and schools remain shut and the ones that are open offer their employees a paid leave to spend the day with their families.

The American Flag and the National Anthem are the two most significant symbols of Independence Day in America. Also, Independence Day is one of the four federal holidays that fall on the same date every calendar year.

When is Independence Day 2018, 2019, 2020?

The following are the days that the 4th of July has fallen and will fall on:

YearIndependence Day
2017Tuesday, July 4, 2017
2018Wednesday, July 4, 2018
2019Thursday, July 4, 2019
2020Saturday, July 4, 2020

How did this day come to be and history?

The American Revolution began on April 19th in 1775 and raised the feeling of Independence within a few. By 1776, many others joined this movement of Independence. On June 7th, Richard Henry Lee, the delegate of Virginia brought forward a motion to put Independence into effect.

Congress, however, put a hold on the matter and instead appointed a group of five people who were given the duty of filing a formal statement in justification to the breaking up with the British.

This group or committee consisted of Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Roger Sherman. These gentlemen were from different states representing all Americans.

On the 2nd of July, the Congress voted for the motion that was introduced by Lee, and on the 4th of July, the Declaration of Independence which stated that 13 US States had formally broken away from the British rule was officially adopted.

Though everyone voted on the July 2nd, America officially became a free country on the 4th of July.

After the War between America and Britain in 1812 patriotism spread throughout the country like wildfire and in 1870, the Congress officially declared the 4th of July to be a federal holiday and in 1941 the day became a paid holiday toward all employees.

The ‘Declaration of Independence’ which is the proof of Freedom of America is placed in ‘The National Archives’ in the state of Washington.

Symbols of Independence Day

  • The American Flag: This is the primary symbol of the 4th of July and symbolizes patriotism and a sovereign state. It was a flag used in battle by the soldiers who carried it proudly and died fighting for it, fighting for freedom to make America what it is today
  • Other symbols include the Eagle, the colors of the American Flag, the Liberty Bell, the statue of Liberty and the great seal of the US.

Traditions of Independence Day

  1. One of the traditions during 1776 was to hold mock funerals of King George III, whose birthday the British celebrated. The Americans did this to mark the end of Monarchy in their country
  2. The first Independence Day was celebrated on the 4th of July in 1777 in between the American War in the city of Philadelphia.
  3. The day is celebrated throughout the country with bonfires, parades and the most important one fireworks
  4. Cannon firing was a tradition during the 18th century
  5. There are public speaking held throughout the country, and the contents of the Declaration of Independence is read to all
  6. The very first public hearing after the Independence was approved was marked by the ringing of the Liberty Bell in America
  7. All the decorations are usually the color of the flag which is red, blue and white
  8. The oldest 4th of July celebration through a parade is held in Bristol, Rhode Island since 1785

Facts about Independence Day

  1. The Famous Liberty Bell in America was actually not rung on the first Independence on 4th July in 1776 instead it was rung on the 8th of July
  2. Around three US Presidents have died on Independence Day
  3. During the early 18th Century, Artillery salute was a very famous way of celebrating the US Independence Day
  4. July 4th every year sees one of the biggest fireworks display throughout the country with as much as 14000 of them
  5. Macy’s has one of the most massive firework displays in the city of New York where they light almost 75000 pounds of fireworks. It is attended by around 2 million people and lasts for about 30 minutes
  6. Independence Day is one of the four Federal holidays in the US that is celebrated on the same day every year
  7. In 1778, as a celebration of America’s Independence, President George Washington gave all his soldiers double ration of rum
  8. The first State to declare the 4th of July an official holiday in 1781 was Massachusetts
  9. In the year 1777, the army shot thirteen gunshots to commemorate the first Independence Day celebration

FAQs

Q. What is closed on July 4th?

A. All government schools and offices are closed on Independence Day. Also, many businesses remain closed as well. All the employees are given the benefit of a paid leave on this day.

Q. What if Independence Day falls on a Saturday or a Sunday?

A. If the 4th of July is to fall on a Saturday, it is observed a day before which is Friday, and if it is to fall on a Sunday, it is observed a day later which is Monday.

Q. How is the 4th of July celebrated in the US?

A. The Americans celebrate the day with parades, public readings, speeches, carnivals and fairs and most importantly the fireworks. Families also prepare barbeques with their loved ones.