Each year on July 4th, the United States celebrates Independence Day. This federal holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
For nearly 250 years, the country has been celebrating a day in history that inspires us still today. On July 4th, speeches and ceremonies are held across the nation. Across the country, people crowd cities for parades and festivals. Streets are decked out in red, white and blue bunting and flags.
While families and friends gather for some of the most mouthwatering food – large picnics and barbecues, local fairs provide a taste of culture and mom’s home cooking, too. With so many converging on their hometowns, family and school reunions take place.
Before the day is over, many communities hold spectacular fireworks displays re-enact moments of victory. Patriotic music accompanies the performance while spectators view the show from blankets strewn along capital lawns or from boats floating in bays. Whether out National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” or “God Bless America,” many will sing along. In some locations, music will be played by a live orchestra or band, while in other areas it’s pre-recorded. Some of the most popular on the playlist are “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.”
In some parts of the country, people will shoot their own fireworks. Children delight in the bright colors and sparklers. They roast marshmallows and make s’mores.
HOW TO OBSERVE INDEPENDENCE DAY
At noon, a “Salute to the Union” is fired, each July 4th, by any capable military base. This is a salute of one gun for each state in the United States.
In 2009, New York City hosted the largest fireworks display in the country.
Held since 1785, the Bristol Fourth of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island is the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States.
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1. Please share a favorite July 4th memory with us.
One July 4th memory was the first 4th that the Hubby and I were dating. It was the first time that I didn't go to the fireworks with my family and instead went with him. Another memory is when our oldest was first born and we watched the fireworks out the window because she was just a few weeks old :)
2. How do you plan to spend tomorrow? If you are working, will you celebrate later?
We will be having a picnic at my brother and SIL's and then we are going camping! So excited to go camping!
3. Is there a favorite food always reserved for your 4th of July celebration?
Just the normal picnic-y foods :)
4. In Florida, you can buy all kinds of fireworks, including some that fly high and burst into pretty cascades. Are fireworks legal in your state/community and does anyone you know put on a display for your neighborhood?
My cousin started a tradition last year of putting off fireworks. He did a great job!
5. Do you have a favorite movie that you always watch sometime during the 4th of July?
No, not really...
6. Share something from your week, please.
Today is my Dad's 72nd birthday! He was almost a firecracker baby :)