Happy Fourth of July! Today is a day to feel inspired by United States history and people. Today celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Family and friends often celebrate with fireworks, family reunions, concerts, barbeques, picnics, parades, baseball games or a variation or combination of the aforementioned.
The Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence on July 2, 1776. The Declaration of Independence was finalized and signed on July 4, 1776. This is the date shown on the Declaration of Independence. Americans began celebrating their independence on this day right away.
In 1777, thirteen (one to represent each original colony) gunshots were fired in salute in Rhode Island. Philadelphia, also, celebrated with a thirteen gunshot salute, as well as, toasts, speeches, prayers, music, parades, fireworks, and more. Celebrations spread and grew over the years. In 1870, Independence Day became a federal holiday and in 1938, it became a paid federal holiday.
Firework displays are often accompanied by patriotic songs like “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America”. People often wear and decorate with red, white, and blue. Firework displays are often televised and/or attended in major cities around the country. New York City, Chicago, and the Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival are notable examples. Seward, Nebraska has been declared ” America’s Official Fourth of July City-Small Town USA”. On the Capitol lawn in Washington, D.C. a free concert is broadcast live by PBS, NPR, and the American Forces Network.
Take time to celebrate and feel inspired by the United States of America. Be inspired! Have a bright day!