Independence Day of the United States is a national federal holiday celebrated on July 4 (also known as "the Fourth of July", “July Fourth” or simply “The Fourth”). Americans celebrate the anniversary of publication of the Declaration of Independence from British rule. On this day in 1776, Continental Congress declared that former thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire.
Independence Day is a patriotic holiday. Many people display the American flag outside their homes. Festive decorations are colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Fireworks accompanied by patriotic music are arranged. Politicians appear at public events to praise the nation’s heritage, history, traditions, laws, society, and people of their country.
Most employees have a paid holiday. Many use additional days off in order to create extended weekend and visit friends and relatives in different parts of the country.
Families usually celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending picnics or barbecues outdoor. 71% of American people celebrate the Fourth of July with barbecues. So this Day is the number one holiday for barbecuing in the USA! It is also known for fireworks. Almost half of American celebrates Independence Day with fireworks. More than $500 million is spent for fireworks annually. Professional firework shows are held in many states. The most impressive fireworks are shown on TV, such as New York City largest fireworks display in 2009, with over 22 tons of pyrotechnics exploded.
Besides that, a salute of one gun for each state, called a "salute to the union", is fired on Independence Day at noon.
There are many other public events held, including parades, sports games, concerts. Outdoor activities such as tug-of-war games, three-legged races, hotdog and watermelon eating competitions are popular.
Independence Day is one of the most celebrated public holidays in The United States. Congratulations!