Independence Day 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
Independence Day is a federal holiday in the US. In the United States, Independence Day, or more commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
Independence Day is commonly associated with barbecues, picnics, concerts, carnivals, parades, fireworks, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies. There are also many other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.
Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors as it is summer in the US. Families will often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue with family members, and they take advantage of the day off and when Independence Day falls on a Monday or Friday they take advantage of a long weekend to gather with relatives or friends.
Decorations including balloons, streamers and clothing are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American Flag.
Parades are normally held in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, near beaches and in town squares.
Independence Day is a fun day which is enjoyed by all locals and visitors to the US.
The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty symbolizes America's independence and the freedom the country offers to all that enter. It was given to the United States in 1886 by France ( shipped in 214 crates and assembled on what is now know as Liberty Island in the New York Harbor.)
Independence Day in the United States is by far the most important national holiday of the year. . Commonly known as the Fourth of July or July 4th, Independence Day brings American people together in a way that not many other holidays can.
Independence Day Activities
Due to the fact that the holiday is in the middle of summer time, there are countless festivals and parties all dedicated to celebrating this important day in the history and modern day USA. Also, because of its placement in the middle of summer, most traditional American summer time activities are in full swing by this time. These include water activities, beach trips, and cookouts and barbecues.
There are numerous activities that have been associated with the Fourth of July, with most of them being of a celebratory fashion. Some of the most traditional aspects of the Fourth of July are as follows:
- Fireworks. If one looks at any piece of promotional literature for a July 4th party, he or she will definitely see photos of fireworks exploding in a brilliant fashion. Fireworks, while not originally American, have become the primary symbol of the holiday. Besides the Red, White, and Blue, fireworks are an exact symbol of the USA and Independence Day.
- Barbecues and Cook-outs. One of the most traditional ways for Americans to celebrate all summer holidays including Independence Day is to host or attend a cookout or barbecue. Most churches will have one of these events for its congregation on the 4th of July, and many will use it as an outreach for the community surrounding the church. Typically foods at these events include hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, French fries, kebabs, steaks, and vegetables. This is a good way for friends and family to get together during the holidays off from work.
- Concerts. There are always a number of concerts which take place around the country on Independence Day. Some of the songs which will be played include “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and “America, the Beautiful.”
- Travel. For those Americans who love to travel, the Independence Day weekend is a perfect time to do it. With having a long weekend, more time can be enjoyed at the destination than on the road. Typically, some of the most popular destinations include water parks, state and national parks, beaches, and the mountains. City locations are usually not as popular during the Fourth of July weekend. The United States is a naturally diverse country, with impressive landscapes in almost every state. The national park system is one of the great contributions that the US gave to the rest of the world, and these original national parks can be visited during the Fourth of July weekend.
Unique Celebrations in the United States
There are a number of special events which are unique to specific places in the USA. The longest running Fourth of July event started in 1785 and continues to this day in Bristol, Rhode Island. This New England state holds a very notable parade. On Coney Island, New York, there is an annual hot dog eating contest sponsored by Nathan's hot dogs. Started over sixty years ago, there is a joint celebration between Canada and the United States which climaxes with a large fireworks display over the Detroit River.
One of the longest running televised concerts is the performance by the Boston Pops Orchestra during a fireworks show in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to this, the annual event on the front lawn of the Capitol building is also a long running favorite among urban Americans.
For Americans, this vitally important day is truly a day of celebration. Let the fireworks begin!