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Happy 4th of July! Independence Day (United States)
In the United States, Independence Day or the Fourth of July is quite a huge affair. It was on this day, in the year 1776, that the Declaration of Independences was signed by the founding fathers and the United States of America was declared to be independent form the democracy of Great Britain. It is USA’s National Day and is generally celebrated all over USA by fireworks, barbecues, fairs, concerts, family reunions, parades, carnivals, picnics, baseball games and political ceremonies and speeches. On top of this, various other private and public events are held which celebrate the tradition, history and the government of the United States of America.
Even though this day is quite famous for the American people and nearly everyone knows about the various events that took place on this day, there are a few little facts which may or may not be known by the people–
- The Declaration of Independence was moniker and adopted by the Congress on July 2nd, 1776 but it was not until the 4th of July that it was adopted.
- The oldest and continuous Independence Day celebration, which takes place in the United States is the July 4th Parade which takes place in Bristol. It began in the year 1785.
- The Declaration was composed by Thomas Jefferson and was signed by 56 men who represented 13 colonies.
- 3 US presidents – James Monroe, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams – died on the 4th of July.
- The 30th president of the country – Calvin Coolidge – was born on this data in the year 1872.
- It is estimated that nearly 155 million hot dogs are consumed on Independence Day – far more than any other day.
- Two of the greatest symbols which represents the nation – Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty – was built overseas.
Kids don’t really understand the significance of Independence Day because they don’t understand the meaning of Independence. So, if you want to make them understand about the significance of this day, and then have a friendly debate with them. Take them out to see the various historical monuments and even the museum so that they can understand and realize the significance of 4th of July.
A small table about various consumption statistics during this day –
Chicken purchased during the 4th of July Week
700 million pounds
Pork/Red Meat purchased during the 4th of July Week
People who celebrate at the homes of their friends or relatives
Percentage of American household with outdoor grills
What is your Plan for Independence Day Weekend!!!
How will you celebrate the Fourth of July?
A few wacky ways in which you can celebrate this day with friends and family –
- Instead of just viewing the 4th of July parade, which takes place at Bristol, you can take part in the parade itself as either a volunteer or participant. You can get to attend various pageants, parades and ‘patriotic exercises’.
- Take part in Hot Dog Eating Competition or watch hungry hot dog fans take part and cheer them on. You can also meet Takeru Kobayashi, who is the world’s fastest hot dog eater.
- Head to Alaska if you want to escape the heat as the country also celebrates 4th of July. Take part in the 5KM Mt. Marathon Race and watch the Midnight Fireworks display.
- History buffs can take a tour around the state and view the various monuments and museums which are completely packed on this day.
- If you want to spend some time with your family, plan a picnic with them or go on a shopping spree with them as you will get huge discounts. Later on, enjoy the fireworks display at night.
So, there you have it. The various facts about 4th of July or Independence Day, what you can do with friends and family and how you can teach children about the significance of this date. Just make sure you celebrate safely and that nobody gets hurt during celebrations. Happy 4th of July, everyone!