What is celebrated on July 4th in the United States?

What is celebrated on July 4th in the United States?
What is celebrated on July 4th in the United States?

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July 4th is celebrated as Independence Day in the United States.a celebration that is replicated every year in every corner of the country with festivals, parades, musical shows and all kinds of events. Far from being just another date on the calendar, it is one of the most important the most important commemorations in the USA Specifically, a historic milestone is being celebrated that dates back to the 18th century, when it began he on the road to the creation of a new nation, after a tough battle against the United Kingdom.

By the mid-18th century, the United States’ populated territory was much smaller than it is today. In that sense, There were 13 colonies belonging to the United Kingdom: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

The escalation of conflicts with the United Kingdom was one of the triggering events for the Stamp Act of 1765, which required all printed materials in the colonies to be produced on stamped paper with a tax. This legislation attempted to impose new taxes to finance military and administrative expenses, which increased the control of the British Empire over the colonies. Resistance to this and other measures provoked a growing tension that would culminate in the American Revolution.

The 4th of July is one of the most important holidays in the United States.Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Protests flooded the streets under the leadership of Samuel Adamsa Boston politician and activist who, along with an organized group, carried out several boycotts against these tax stamps. The struggle gave birth to the “Sons of Liberty.” On July 4, 1776the bill was finally approved United States Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed the formal separation of the colonies from the United Kingdom.

According to the U.S. National Archives, Congress voted in favor of independence on July 2but did not complete until two days later the revision of the Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson in consultation with John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and William Livingston.

The facsimile stone engraving of the text and signatures shows how the Declaration appeared in the early 19th century.Foto National Archives

On July 19, 1776Timothy Matlack, a Pennsylvania House staffer, was tasked with designing the text on a large scroll, which was then handed over to delegates for signature on August 2.

This document is considered the United States birth certificate. Its content establishes that all men are created equal and have unalienable rights, such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These fundamental principles have guided the political and social evolution of that country throughout the centuries.

The Library of Congress reports that the first to commemorate the anniversary of independence were the inhabitants of Philadelphia in a spontaneous celebration. However, This special date became common after the War of 1812..

By 1870, Congress would pass a law making July 4 a federal holiday.Even the most remote communities in the West managed to gather together to celebrate Independence Day. Although the war against the British Empire continued until 1783, when the Treaty of Paris was signed, this date remains the central milestone that marked the birth of the nation.

American families gather on July 4 to celebrate Independence with traditional food and fireworksSamuel Ramos / Unsplash

With government offices and schools closed, modern celebrations of this holiday They begin with families, which participate in outdoor events and activitiesThe American flag is flown outside homes and buildings, while communities set off fireworks after dark as part of the tradition.

However, this 2024, with the aim of protecting the environment and people, Each state established its own law on the subject of consumption of fireworkswhich establishes the restrictions and limitations in this regard. Therefore, In some places some fireworks will not be allowed. that can cause certain damages.

Big cities, like New York and Washington DC often host parades and other large public events.On this occasion, the commemorative date falls on Thursday and citizens will take to the streets to celebrate the declaration of independence.

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