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July 4th in the US

Updated on February 23, 2013

The Birth Of A Nation

The Declaration of Independence

If you are an American, whether by birth or by choice, you most likely know the importance of this document. And if you do not, you should.

The birthday of the United States of America, Independence Day, is celebrated on the 4th day of July every year. This is the anniversary of the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress. It is the document that declares the original 13 colonies independent of Britain and the list of grievances against King George.

The first sentence of the Declaration gives the explanation.

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

The One Line

The following line in the Declaration of Independence always gives me chills and makes me want to loudly reaffirm my patriotism to my country.

"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security".

56 men signed the Declaration, the most notable being John Hancock, who was at the time the President of the Continental Congress.

How Does America Celebrate?


Many Americans celebrate the 4th of July by grilling outside or barbecuing. There are typically hamburgers, hot dogs, some even grill steaks.

My family never grilled out without including potato salad, coleslaw, and baked beans.

Remember the song that was "Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet"? Check the video below. It has been updated over the years, but still the same message.


Many families will pack a picnic basket and head out to the park. Most major parks, and many smaller ones, will have a fireworks display late into the evening. It is a time for celebrating with family and friends.

Does your perfect picnic include fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, potato salad, and chips?

Don't forget the bug spray!

We All Scream For Ice Cream!

When I was a kid, sometimes on hot summer days, which in the south is every day, we would make homemade ice cream. We would take turns with the hand cranked machine. It seemed to take forever. We kids couldn't wait to get some of Mom's homemade peach ice cream.

It was always a big deal to go to the store for the bags of ice and the big container of rock salt. We had this wonderful old ice cream maker that lasted for many years. I think my mother bought it with S&H Green or Gold Stamps. Are you old enough to remember those?

How About A Newer Model?

Don't Forget

If you are an American, don't forget why we celebrate on July 4.

The Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies were now independent states, and thus no longer a part of the British Empire, and the birth of the United States of America.

Happy Birthday, America!

The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!

The Star Spangled Banner With Lyrics

How does your country celebrate it's birthday?

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      The usual funfare and street parties.

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      7 years ago

      Same as you :) But here in Kuwait... they have fireworks and a crazy parade that mostly the youth are involved in. They go crazy up and down the streets with water guns and wigs.. etc. dancing in the streets :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      I love the fourth of July: the fireworks, grilling out and celebrating with friends!

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      8 years ago

      Did you know that 4th July 1903 â Dorothy Levitt was reported as the first woman in the world to compete in a 'motor race'?

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wonderful Patriotic Lens about July 4th in the US. Lensrolling to Freedom Fest.

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      9 years ago

      Wonderful Patriotic lens!

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      9 years ago

      Nice! Americans need to be more patriotic!!!!! Go Girl!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      9 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very nice lens! Beautiful photos.

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      drifter0658 lm 

      9 years ago

      A very nice tribute to our biggest celebration.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nicely done! :)

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      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      Yay for the 4th of July! Beautiful lens with great photos!

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      9 years ago

      This is great! Thank you for stirring our patriotism! I think we'll be seeing this lens hit #1 in Local as we approach the 4th of July. I feel hungry now too. I like how you fit in some family traditions.

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      Mihaela Vrban 

      9 years ago from Croatia

      Even I know few things about Independence day (as non-American) but it's always great to learn further about traditions of different countries! Well done and blessed by an Angel!

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      9 years ago

      Well done! July 4th is one of my favorite holidays.

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for being the first visitor to my lens! I have this lens listed in the links of even more holidays! The 4th of July is my daughter's favorite holiday! 5*

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      9 years ago

      Oh my! What a great lens, and it will be very popular with the 4th of July celebration just around the corner. - Have a wonderful day!

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      9 years ago

      What a beautiful lens!! We always spend the 4th with the entire family. The kids love having the time to stay up late with all their cousins, eating watermelon, bbq and then watching fireworks together. :)

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      9 years ago

      Excellent lens! I spend my Fourth hanging out in the pasture with our horses (they're not too keen on the fireworks, you see). Nice job :o)

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      9 years ago from Royalton

      Spectacular Independence Day lens!

      Lensrolled to Wardsboro's 4th of July Street Fair.

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      9 years ago

      Great RM holiday lens! Love those pics of fireworks and grilled weenies! YUM!

      Thanks for visiting my Halloween lens...I do love the scary vampire & laughing dragon...more than they'll ever know :o)


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      9 years ago

      Great lens. I have been thinking about getting an ice cream maker and now you have really tempted me........

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      Jimmie Quick 

      9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I never appreciated Independence Day until I traveled abroad where the freedoms Americans have are NOT a reality.

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      9 years ago

      Yeah....! I scream for Ice Cream and you did not sent me a coupon for Ice Cream.....?

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      9 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Love the personal stories!

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      9 years ago from Chicago area

      Thanks for including those Declaration lines, and so nicely formatted :) Very nice, focused lens. 5*****

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      9 years ago from Western Mass

      well done! love the fonts

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful lens!

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      9 years ago

      I can't wait for the 4th!!

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      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Hey Holley, great lens! about a wonderful holiday . I like how you put in the lines from the Declaration of Independence. I'm a patriot too! I remember the stamps and the hand cranked ice cream makers! But the new ones are much easier!

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      Lee Hansen 

      9 years ago from Vermont

      Hooray for the Red, White and Blue - July 4 is the day to party hearty and celebrate the USA's birthday! Fab lens - nice design touches, too.


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