Happy Birthday, America!

The 4th of July every year commemorates the Declaration of Independence from the British 241 years ago. Great Britain’s 13 North American colonies in 1776 fought against the rule by the King – then George III to separate them from the UK. George Washington led the American forces and was supported with supplies and arms from Spain and France. The Declaration of Independence set the path for a journey to freedom, which led this historic event on its own journey.

  • The British had occupied America and exploited most of their resources since 1587 and colonizers began to demand ‘no taxation without representation’ which led to disagreement.
  • A violent incident that became known as The Boston Tea Party in 1773 arose from anxiety and became a notable incident.
  • The Statue of Liberty is a national monument that is associated with Independence Day. The statue has a tabula inscribed the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence in Roman numerals “JULY IV MDCCLXXVI” (July 4, 1776).
  • In a twist of history, exactly 50 years after the Independence both signers and presidents of the United States, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, died on July 4, 1826.
  • Millions of Americans gather to celebrate this federal holiday praising the nation’s heritage by patriotic activities outside with as much red, white and blue as possible.
  • Parades, political speeches,barbecues, concerts, ceremonies, picnics, camping, beers and fireworks displays, home cooked meals and family gatherings go hand in hand.What will you be doing today?
  • Approximately 150 million hot dogs are consumed in America every July 4th! We know you’ll be having one!
  • Many people display the American flag outside their houses or buildings often accompanied with signs and posters everywhere reading God Bless America,Yankee Doodle,America the Beautiful,Stars and Stripes Forever etc.
  • Activities include hotdog and watermelon eating competitions, sporting events such as baseball games, swimming activities, three-legged races and tug-of- war games.

Whatever your plans are this Independence Day, whether it’s barbecuing in the backyard with family and friends or catching a ballgame, remember to celebrate the freedom our forefathers fought for. We wish you a Happy Independence Day!

 

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