What is the history of Independence Day of America:
Independence Day (colloquially the Fourth of July or July 4th) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain, King George III, and were now united, free, and independent states. The Congress had voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2, but it was not declared until July 4.
It’s a federal holiday, bank holiday, and state holiday. As such, lots of people have the day off of work. It’s often right at the start of summer for much of the nation. While the “traditional” beginning of summer in the US is Memorial day (At the end of May), weather is often poor until July. July 4th is almost always a very nice day across most of the nation.
Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches, and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.
How Celebrate it on 4th July:
A morning parade is very common, even in small towns. Usually it consists of schoolchildren, local politicians, and veterans. The high school marching band will usually come out (how good they are depends on the town; where I was they were… a bit special, shall we say). There may be other local groups in it – the Humane Society, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, that sort of thing.
Usually they give all the little kids candy to throw. If you want any candy, you have to sit at the beginning of the parade route because all the kids get excited and seriously pelt people with candy for the first three blocks before they run out of it. Then there’s no candy for the rest of the parade.
After that, people go home and usually somebody is throwing a party of some sort. ‘Block parties’ are popular, where the entire block comes out and has a giant barbecue. Hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken (and bean burgers for the veggies), potato salad, chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, chips and salsa, vegetable platters, baked beans, crab dip, pickles – basically anything that can be eaten off a paper plate with the hands is pretty common fare.
The biggest tradition for most people is watching a 4th of July fireworks display. These are generally set up by professionals and timed to music.