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The Fourth of July – Independence Day of USA

The Fourth of July—otherwise called Independence Day or July 4th has been a government occasion in the United States since 1941, the custom of Independence Day festivities returns to the eighteenth century and the American Revolution.

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress cast a ballot for freedom. After two days, delegates from the 13 settlements embraced the Declaration of Independence, a remarkable record drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the current day, July 4 has been commended as the introduction of American autonomy, with merriments extending from firecrackers, marches, and shows to increasingly relaxed family get-togethers and grills.

A Brief History of Independence Day

At the point when the underlying fights in the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, hardly any homesteaders wanted total freedom from Great Britain, and the individuals who did were viewed as radical.

By the center of the next year, be that as it may, a lot more pioneers had come to support freedom, on account of developing threatening vibe against Britain and the spread of progressive conclusions, for example, those communicated in the top-rated leaflet “Presence of mind,” distributed by Thomas Paine in mid-1776.

On June 7, when the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, the Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee presented a movement requiring the settlements’ autonomy.

Amid a warmed discussion, Congress deferred the decision on Lee’s goals however designated a five-person board of trustees—including Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York—to draft a proper proclamation advocating the break with Great Britain. (History.com Editors, 2009)

Fourth of July Fireworks :

The main firecrackers were utilized as right on time as 200 BC. The convention of setting off firecrackers on July 4 started in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777, during the principal sorted out festival of Independence Day. Boat’s gunshot, a 13-weapon salute out of appreciation for the 13 settlements. The Pennsylvania Evening Post revealed: “around evening time there was an amazing presentation of firecrackers (which started and finished up with thirteen rockets) on the Commons. The city was perfectly enlightened.” That equivalent night, the Sons of Liberty set off firecrackers over Boston Common.

Fourth of July Becomes a Federal Holiday :

The enthusiastic festival’s convention turned out to be much progressively across the board after the War of 1812, wherein the United States again confronted Great Britain. In 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4 a government occasion; in 1941, the arrangement was extended to concede a paid event to every single bureaucratic representative.

Throughout the years, the political significance of the occasion would decrease. Yet, Independence Day stayed a significant national occasion and an image of energy.

Falling in mid-summer, the Fourth of July has since the late nineteenth century become a significant focal point of recreation exercises and a typical event for family parties, frequently including firecrackers and outside grills. The most widely recognized image of the occasion is the American banner, and a usual melodic backup is “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national song of the devotion of the United States.  (History.com Editors, 2009)

Notable celebrations:

Held since 1785, the Bristol Fourth of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island, is the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States.

Since 1868, Seward, Nebraska, has held a celebration on the same town square. In 1979 Seward was designated “America’s Official Fourth of July City-Small Town USA” by resolution of Congress. Seward has also been proclaimed “Nebraska’s Official Fourth of July City” by Governor James Exon in a proclamation. Seward is a town of 6,000 but swells to 40,000+ during the July 4 celebrations.

Since 1912, the Rebild Society, a Danish-American friendship organization, has held a July 4 weekend festival that serves as a homecoming for Danish-Americans in the Rebild Hills of Denmark.

Since 1959, the International Freedom Festival is jointly held in Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario, during the last week of June each year as a mutual celebration of Independence Day and Canada Day (July 1). It culminates in a large fireworks display over the Detroit River.

The famous Macy’s fireworks display usually held over the East River in New York City has been televised nationwide on NBC, and locally on WNBC-TV since 1976. In 2009, the fireworks display was returned to the Hudson River for the first time since 2000 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson‘s exploration of that river.

The Boston Pops Orchestra has hosted a music and fireworks show over the Charles River Esplanade called the “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular” annually since 1973.[33] Canons are traditionally fired during the 1812 Overture. The event was broadcast nationally from 1991 until 2002 on A&E, and since 2002 by CBS and its Boston station WBZ-TVWBZ/1030 and WBZ-TV broadcast the entire event locally, and from 2002 through 2012, CBS broadcast the final hour of the concert nationally in primetime. The national broadcast was put on hiatus beginning in 2013, which Pops executive producer David G. Mugar believed was the result of decreasing viewership caused by NBC’s encore presentation of the Macy’s fireworks. The national broadcast was revived for 2016 and expanded to two hours. In 2017, Bloomberg Television took over coverage duty, with WHDH carrying local coverage beginning in 2018.

On the Capitol lawn in Washington, D.C., A Capitol Fourth, a free concert broadcast live by PBSNPR and the American Forces Network, precedes the fireworks and attracts over half a million people annually.

In 2019, President Donald Trump announced plans for a Salute to America celebration in the Capitol, including displays of military vehicles at the National Mall, a presidential address from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, flyovers by the Blue Angels and the presidential aircraft, and a fireworks display. Trump had attended the Bastille Day military parade with French president Emmanuel Macron in 2017 and had expressed a desire for the U.S. to “top it” — including a proposed military parade on Veterans Day in 2018, which was canceled due to cost concerns. Trump’s plans faced criticism at the time for being an attempt to politicize the holiday and use it as a political event due to presidents historically not involving themselves directly in Independence Day festivities; comparisons were also drawn to the similarly controversial “Honor America Day” held on Independence Day in 1970 by supporters of President Richard Nixon. According to a July 4 The Times article, the Pentagon said that the commanders of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States NavyUnited States ArmyUnited States Air Force, and United States Marine Corps would “not attend President Trump’s Salute to America speech because of “schedule conflict,” although the chairman of the Joint Chiefs did attend. (29-43) (Wikipedia)


History.com Editors. (2009, December 16). HISTORY. Retrieved July 2020, from HISTORY: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/july-4th

Wikipedia. (n.d.). Wikipedia. Retrieved from wikipedia.org: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(United_States)

How to safely celebrate the 4th of July during a pandemic

For most Americans, the Fourth of July is going to look a lot different this year. 

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 

many cities and states have decided to cancel their annual parades, festivals, and fireworks displays, along with closing picnic areas and park pavilions to discourage crowds from gathering.

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