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USA Independence Day (Fourth of July) 2020

Every year on 4th July all Americans gathered to celebrate their Independence Day as the birth of their Nation and the USA’s biggest National holiday. Independence Day is commemorated annually on the 4th of July and is often referred to as the “Fourth of July.” It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from the United Kingdom in 1776. Nationalistic displays and family events are held across the United States.

On July 4, 2020, the U.S. Independence Day (legal holiday for Independence Day) will falls on Saturday So for most Federal employees, Friday, July 3 will be treated as holidays for pay and leave purposes.

History of US Independence Day

On 4th  July 1776, the US got independence from the British Empire after a great Revolutionary war and from then on every 4th of July USA celebrates their Independence Day. The 13 American Colonies fought to get separated from the UK (United Kingdom) and from the king. After that, these 13 Colonies of America has declared themselves as they are no longer part of the British Empire and want themselves to be declared as States after this also War was continued for some time. The Thirteen Colonies were: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

From 1765 they started demanding “No taxation without Representation” this tension exploded into fighting and acts of dissent, such as the Boston Tea Act in 1773, and became known as the “Boston Tea Party.” On every Independence Day, 13 gunshots are fired to salute one shot for each American Colonies.

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Lee ‘s Resolution, also known as independence resolution, was authorized by the Second Continental Congress on 2 July 1776. The document which formally announced the separation of the Thirteen Colonies and the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain and explained this decision, was adopted on 4 July.

The Committee of Five had drafted the Declaration text and Thomas Jefferson was the main author. The Declaration’s anniversary would come to be celebrated in the United States as Independence Day.

And this is not over yet do you know that till 1791 the name “Independence Day” was not used, and from 1870 it was made an unpaid holiday for the federal employees, and finally, in 1938 the US Congress declared this will a paid holiday and till now it is continued.

Here are some Facts about Fourth July

  • The American colonies were declared free from Great Britain and it’s King on 4th July 1776
  • The death of two Presidents JOHN ADAMS (the 2nd US President) and James Monroe (5th US President) on 4th July while the 30th US President Calvin Coolidge was born on 4th July 1872.
  • On 8th July 1776, Philadelphia celebrated its first Independence Day.
  • On every 4th July Philadelphia, Liberty Bell is trapped 13 times in the honor of Thirteen American Colonies.
  • The original American Flag has stars on it which represent 13 American colonies. The Stars are in a circle so that all colonies should appear equal.
  • In 1783, King George III signed the Treaty of Paris and after that, the revolutionary war was officially ended.
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US Independence Day celebration

The Independence Day is started with fireworks, parades, barbeques, carnivals, concerts, outdoor games, family reunions, the political speeches the best ceremonies. Most people display the American flag outside of their homes. Many communities gather and arrange fireworks and salute their country by playing patriotic music.

 Swikriti Dandotia

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