Day is a day of family celebrations with picnics
and barbecues, showing a great deal of emphasis
on the American tradition of political freedom.
Activities associated with the day include
watermelon or hotdog eating competitions and
sporting events, such as baseball games, three-legged
races, swimming activities and tug-of-war
Many people display
the American flag outside their homes or buildings.
Many communities arrange fireworks that are
often accompanied by patriotic music. The
most impressive fireworks are shown on television.
Some employees use one or more of their vacation
days to create a long weekend so that they
can escape the heat at their favorite beach
or vacation spot.
is a patriotic holiday for celebrating the
positive aspects of the United States. Many
politicians appear at public events to show
their support for the history, heritage and
people of their country. Above all, people
in the United States express and give thanks
for the freedom and liberties fought by the
first generation of many of today's Americans.
The Statue of Liberty is a national monument
that is associated with Independence Day.
4 is a Saturday, it is observed on Friday,
July 3. If July 4 is a Sunday, it is observed
on Monday, July 5. Government offices and
schools are closed. Some businesses may be
closed as well. In some years, many employees
use a proportion of their vacation days to
create a long weekend. This can cause congestion
in some places, particularly towards popular
holiday destinations. There
are many public events, parades, shows and
fireworks displays. This may cause local disruption
to traffic. Public transit systems do not
usually operate on their regular timetables.
people in New England began fighting the British
for their independence. On July 2, 1776, the
Congress secretly voted for independence from
Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence
was first published two days later on July
4, 1776. The first public reading of the Declaration
of Independence was on July 8, 1776. Delegates
began to sign the Declaration of Independence
on August 2, 1776. In 1870, Independence Day
was made an unpaid holiday for federal employees.
In 1941, it became a paid holiday for them.
The first description
of how Independence Day would be celebrated
was in a letter from John Adams to his wife
Abigail on July 3, 1776. He described "pomp
and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns,
bells, bonfires, and illuminations" throughout
the United States. However, the term "Independence
Day" was not used until 1791.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both signers
of the Declaration of Independence and presidents
of the United States, died on July 4, 1826
- exactly 50 years after the adoption of the
declaration. It is also important to note
that Native Americans lived in the country
and each tribe had its own nation and government
prior to the European settlers.
officials across the United States are boosting
security for Independence Day events, after
security agencies warned about potential terrorist
threats timed to the July 4 holiday.
of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau
of Investigation issued an alert earlier this
week, calling for local authorities and the
public to remain vigilant for possible threats
following recent calls for violence by the
Islamic State group during Ramadan.
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