Celebrating Independence Day in the United States
Independence Day is regarded as the birthday of the United
States as a free and independent nation. Most Americans simply call it
the "Fourth of July," on which date it always falls.
The holiday recalls the signing of the Declaration of Independence on
July 4, 1776. At that time, the people of the 13 British colonies located
along the eastern coast of what is now the United States were involved
in a war over what they considered unjust treatment by the king and parliament
in Britain. The war began in 1775. As the war continued, the colonists
realized that they were fighting not just for better treatment; they
were fighting for freedom from England's rule. The Declaration of Independence,
signed by leaders from the colonies, stated this clearly, and for the
first time in an official document the colonies were referred to as the
United States of America.
In the United States, July 4th is a day of picnics and patriotic parades,
a night of concerts and fireworks. The flying of the American flag (which
also occurs on Memorial Day and other holidays) is widespread.
An American flag flies on the USS Constitution,
sails the annual Fourth of July
Turnaround Cruise in Boston harbor.
Constitution was originally launched in 1797
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