Independence Day is celebrated on the 4th of July each year. Why? Because it was on this day – July 4, 1776 – that the 13 original colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence formally stated that the former colonies – now states – were not going to allow themselves to be governed by the British anymore.
At the time, signing the Declaration of Independence – which was written by Thomas Jefferson – was considered an act of treason by the British government. It resulted in the American Revolution, in which the American citizens won their independence in truth and not just on paper.
We celebrate the 4th of July as a reminder of the bravery of our forefathers and to celebrate freedom. We celebrate those things that were written in the Declaration of Independence, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Americans celebrate the Fourth of July in many different ways. Many U.S. cities plan patriotic parades and carnival-like activities during the day and set off fireworks displays at night. Families and friends may have backyard BBQs and decorate their homes with the red, white, and blue of the American flag.
However you celebrate the Fourth of July, remember that you are celebrating the freedom of our great nation!