Happy 4th of July
On the 4th of July of every year, the United States celebrates its most important National Day.
The Independence Day
It commemorates the approval of delegates of 13 colonies to declare historic independence, which is the declaration of these colonies’ autonomy from Britain.
The 4th of July has become a federal holiday since 1941, a day when family and friends gather for barbecues and many cities and towns across the United States celebrate the day in parks, shows, concerts, and fireworks parades. But the tradition of Independence Day celebrations dates back to the eighteenth century and the American revolution.
On July 2, 1776
the Continental Congress voted for independence before representatives of the Thirteen Colonies signed the historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.
The founding fathers wrote in the Declaration of Independence:
We consider these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and that their Creator grants them certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Women were not considered equal in the Declaration, and most of its signatories were slave owners who did not assign slaves equal rights.
John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail
The second day of July 1776 would be the most memorable day in American history. And I believe that future generations will celebrate it as a great annual festival.
It should be commemorated as Freedom Day by solemn acts of devotion to the Almighty God.
Adams’s prediction was two days late. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence. Rather than on July 2, the date of the resolution approved in a closed session of Congress.
4th of July
Coincidentally, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signatories of the Declaration of Independence to serve as President of the United States. They both died on the same day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.
Although not a signatory to the Declaration of Independence, James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States, died on July 4, 1831. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, to date the only President to have been born on Independence Day.