- For the 1996 movie of the same name, see Independence Day (film)
Displays of fireworks, such as these over the Washington Monument, are an example of the celebrations that take place nationwide. Independence Day (also known by its promotional abbreviation ID4) is a 1996 Science fiction film about a hostile Alien invasion The Washington Monument is a large tall sand-colored Obelisk near the west end of the National Mall in Washington D
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The Glorious Fourth
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|Significance||The day the Declaration of Independence was first adopted by the Continental Congress. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4 1776 announcing that the thirteen American colonies then |
|Celebrations||Fireworks, Family reunions, Concerts, Barbecues, Picnics, Parades, Baseball games|
Celebration with fireworks
over Miami, Florida
, USA on American Independence Day
. Events 836 - Pactum Sicardi, peace between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples A firework is classified as a low explosive pyrotechnic device used primarily for aesthetic and entertainment purposes Often an annual event a family reunion takes place on a specified day each year for the purpose of keeping an Extended family closer together A concert is a live Performance, usually of Music, before an Audience. barbeque block party Kansas cityjpg|thumb|right|275px|A barbecue on a trailer at a Block party in Kansas City. In contemporary usage picnic can be defined simply as a pleasure excursion at which a Meal is eaten outdoors ( Al fresco or En plein air A parade (also called march or marchpast) is a procession of people usually organized along a street often in Costume, and often accompanied by Fire Baseball is a Bat-and-ball Sport played between two teams of nine players each A firework is classified as a low explosive pyrotechnic device used primarily for aesthetic and entertainment purposes Bank of America Tower
is also lit with the red, white and blue color scheme
. The Bank of America Tower at International Place (formerly the CenTrust Tower; more commonly known as simply Bank of America Tower) is a 47-story landmark In Color theory, a color scheme is the choice of Colors used in Design for a range of media
In the United States, Independence Day (commonly known as the Fourth of July) is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the In the United States, a federal holiday is a Holiday recognized by the United States Government. The United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4 1776 announcing that the thirteen American colonies then Events 836 - Pactum Sicardi, peace between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples Year 1776 ( MDCCLXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a The Kingdom of Great Britain, also known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain, was a State in northwest Europe, in existence from 1707 to 1800
Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, baseball games, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States, but is often also viewed as simply a summer festival, apart from its patriotic overtones. A firework is classified as a low explosive pyrotechnic device used primarily for aesthetic and entertainment purposes A parade (also called march or marchpast) is a procession of people usually organized along a street often in Costume, and often accompanied by Fire barbeque block party Kansas cityjpg|thumb|right|275px|A barbecue on a trailer at a Block party in Kansas City. Carnival is a festival season which occurs immediately before Lent; the main events are usually during February and March In contemporary usage picnic can be defined simply as a pleasure excursion at which a Meal is eaten outdoors ( Al fresco or En plein air Baseball is a Bat-and-ball Sport played between two teams of nine players each
- In 1777, thirteen guns were fired, once at morning and again as evening fell, on July 4 in Bristol, Rhode Island. | NOTE Throughout this article "cannon" is used as BOTH the || singular and plural Bristol is a town in and the historic County seat of Bristol County, Rhode Island, United States. Philadelphia celebrated the first anniversary in a manner a modern American would find quite familiar: an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and fireworks. Ships were decked with red, white, and blue bunting.
- In 1778, General George Washington marked the Fourth of July with a double ration of rum for his soldiers and an artillery salute. George Washington (February 22 1732 December 14 1799 served as the first President of the United States of America (1789&ndash1797 and led the Rum is a Distilled beverage made from Sugarcane by-products such as Molasses and sugarcane Juice by a process of fermentation Across the Atlantic Ocean, ambassadors John Adams and Benjamin Franklin held a dinner for their fellow Americans in Paris, France. An ambassador is the highest ranking Diplomat who represents their country Benjamin Franklin ( April 17 1790 was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics.
- In 1779, July 4 fell on a Sunday. The holiday was celebrated on Monday, July 5. Events 1295 - Scotland and France form an alliance the beginnings of the Auld Alliance, against England.
- In 1781, Massachusetts was the first legislature to recognize the Fourth of July. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. A legislature is a type of representative Deliberative assembly with the power to create amend and change Laws The law created by a legislature is called Legislation
- In 1783, Moravians in Salem, North Carolina, held the first celebration of the Fourth of July in the country with a challenging music program assembled by Johann Friedrich Peter. Winston-Salem is a city in the US state of North Carolina. As of the 2000 census the city population was 185776 in 2004 the city annexed an additional 17483 This work was titled "The Psalm of Joy".
- In 1791 was the first recorded use of the name "Independence Day".
- In 1870, the U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees. The United States Congress is the bicameral Legislature of the federal government of the United States of America, consisting of two houses 
- In 1941, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday. The residents of Vicksburg, Mississippi, celebrated the Fourth of July for the first time since July 4, 1863, when the Siege of Vicksburg ended with a Union victory during the American Civil War. Vicksburg is a city in Warren County, Mississippi, United States. Events 836 - Pactum Sicardi, peace between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples Year 1863 ( MDCCCLXIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Background See also [[Vicksburg Campaign]] After crossing the Mississippi south of Vicksburg at Bruinsburg and driving northeast Grant had won battles at Causes of the war See also Origins of the American Civil War, Timeline of events leading to the American Civil War The coexistence of a slave-owning South
Originally entitled Yankee Doodle,
this is one of several versions of a scene painted by A. M. Willard
that came to be known as The Spirit of '76
. " Yankee Doodle " is a well-known US song, often sung Patriotically today Archibald MacNeal Willard ( August 22, 1836 – October 11, 1918) was an American painter who was born and raised in
Often imitated (or parodied), it is a familiar symbol of American patriotism.
Independence Day, the only holiday that celebrates the United States, is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. The National Day is a designated date on which celebrations mark the Nationhood of a Nation or non-sovereign Country. Patriotism is commonly defined as love of and/or devotion to one's country Similar to other summer-themed events, Fourth of July celebrations often take place outdoors. Independence Day is a federal holiday, so all non-essential federal institutions (like the postal service and federal courts) are closed on that day. The United States federal courts are the system of Courts organized under the Constitution and laws of the Federal government of the United States Many politicians make it a point on this day to appear at a public event to praise the nation's heritage, laws, history, society, and people. A politician (from Greek " Polis " is an individual who is involved in influencing public decision making through the influence of Politics or a person
Families often celebrate the Fourth of July with a picnic or barbecue, and take advantage of the day off and in some years, long weekend to gather with relatives. Decorations (e. g. , streamers, balloons, and clothing) are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. A balloon is a flexible bag filled with a type of Gas, such as Helium, Hydrogen, Nitrous oxide or air. Clothing (also called clothes, accoutrements, accouterments, or habiliments) protects the Human body from extreme Weather Flags of the United States The Flag of the United States of America consists of 13 equal horizontal stripes of Red (top and bottom alternating Parades often are in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.
Independence Day fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs such as the national anthem ("The Star-Spangled Banner"), "God Bless America", "America the Beautiful", "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "This Land Is Your Land", "Stars and Stripes Forever", and, regionally, "Yankee Doodle" in northeastern states and "Dixie" in southern states. A firework is classified as a low explosive pyrotechnic device used primarily for aesthetic and entertainment purposes A national anthem is a generally patriotic musical composition that evokes and eulogizes the history traditions and struggles of its people recognized either by a nation's " The Star-Spangled Banner " is the National anthem of the United States of America " God Bless America " is an American Patriotic song " America the Beautiful " is an American Patriotic song. " My Country 'Tis of Thee " also known as " America " is an American Patriotic song, whose lyrics were written by Samuel Francis " This Land Is Your Land " is one of the United States ' most famous folk songs. " Stars and Stripes Forever " is a patriotic American march widely considered to be the Magnum opus of composer John Philip Sousa. " Yankee Doodle " is a well-known US song, often sung Patriotically today " Dixie " also known as " I Wish I Was in Dixie " " Dixie's Land " and other titles is a popular American song. Some of the lyrics recall images of the Revolutionary War or the War of 1812. In this article the inhabitants of the thirteen colonies that supported the American Revolution are primarily referred to as "Americans" with occasional references to "Patriots" The War of 1812 was fought between the United States of America and the British Empire, particularly Great Britain and her North American colonies While the "1812 Overture" refers to Russia's defeat of Napoleon, it has been traditionally used by the Boston Pops and broadcast nationwide on PBS, so that many Americans also associate this musical work with the Fourth. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote the Festival Overture "The Year 1812" in E major, Op The Boston Pops Orchestra was founded in 1885 as a subsection of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO founded four years earlier The Public Broadcasting Service ( PBS) is a Non-profit Public broadcasting Television service with 354 member TV stations in the
Firework shows are held in many states, and many fireworks are sold for personal use or as an alternative to a public show. Safety concerns have led some states to ban fireworks or limit the sizes and types allowed. Illicit traffic transfers many fireworks from less restrictive states. Smuggling, also known as trafficking, is the clandestine transportation of goods or persons past a point where prohibited such as out of a building into a Prison
Most fireworks shows in the United States end in an intense finale, with a volley of fireworks launched in quick succession, sometimes simultaneously. Major displays are held in New York on the East River, in Chicago on Lake Michigan, Boston on the Charles River, and on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. During the annual Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival, Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario host one of the world's largest fireworks displays, over the Detroit River, to celebrate both American Independence Day and Canada Day. New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous The East River is a tidal Strait in New York City. It connects Upper New York Bay on its south end to Long Island Sound on its north end Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America, and the only one located entirely within the United States. The National Mall is an open-area National park in Downtown Washington D Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D International River Days a five day festival along the International Riverfront marked the 2007 opening of the River Walk along the east river leading up to the International Michigan ( is a Midwestern state of the United States of America. Windsor is the southernmost city in Canada and lies at the western end of the heavily populated Quebec City-Windsor Corridor. Ontario (ɒnˈtɛrioʊ is a province located in the central part of Canada, the largest by population and second largest after Quebec The Detroit River is a river in the Great Lakes system about 32 miles (51 km long and 0 Canada Day (Fête du Canada formerly Dominion Day, is Canada 's national day, a federal statutory holiday, celebrating the anniversary of the
When the holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, although nearly all corporate businesses and government functions remain open, many people take off an extra day to make for a four-day summer weekend. This is less common when the holiday falls on a Wednesday (as occurred in 2007), although business activity for the week as a whole tends to slow down as some people extend it into a week-long vacation. When the holiday falls on a Sunday, many (but not all) people have off on Monday, in lieu of the holiday. Some businesses close on Friday when the holiday falls on Saturday, although that is not as common (some close on Monday, but that is even less common), during these years many people only receive a two day weekend.
- America's Freedom Festival at Provo, in Utah, is one of the largest freedom festivals. America's Freedom Festival at Provo (also America's Freedom Festival, Provo Freedom Festival, or Freedom Festival) is a The State of Utah (ˈjuːtɔː or) is a western state of the United States. It includes one of the largest Fourth of July parades, and the Stadium of Fire. The Stadium of Fire is an annual event held in the Brigham Young University 's LaVell Edwards Stadium on the 4th of July.
- Every year in the U. S. A. , the Rainbow Family gather for prayer for World Peace. The Rainbow Family of Living Light, also known as The Rainbow Family, are a loosely affiliated group of individuals committed to principles of non-violence and non-hierarchical With attendance ranging from 10,000 to 25,000 or more participants, most refer to it as Interdependance Day as all live in primitive conditions by choice, in State Forests and rely upon one another for the first week of July. Participants on the Fourth of July pray, meditate, or are silent on the morning of the Fourth of July, ending in a verbal group expression, Aum or Om. The Rainbow Gathering takes place annually for the first week of July. Rainbow Gatherings are temporary Intentional communities, typically held in outdoor settings and espousing and practicing ideals of Peace, Love, harmony
- The Midwest's largest fireworks display, called "Red, White and Boom", happens on the last weekday before the 4th of July in Downtown Columbus, Ohio. An estimated crowd of 500,000 to 750,000 attend and thousands more people view the fireworks display in HD on NBC Columbus, which is synchronized to music by 97. 9 WNCI.
- The town of Bristol, Rhode Island, is noted for having the oldest, continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States (since 1785). Bristol is a town in and the historic County seat of Bristol County, Rhode Island, United States. An Independence Day is an annual celebration commemorating the Anniversary of a Nation 's assumption of independent Statehood, usually after ceasing
- James River Assembly in Ozark, Missouri, hosts the annual "I Love America" Celebration at the Springfield Underground. Ozark, incorporated in 1890, is a city in Christian County, Missouri, United States. In 1997, 13,000 people showed up for the first event. In 2006, 120,000 people attended the celebration. Highlights include the choir’s "Living Flag", the "Concert in the Sky", nearly 100 games and activities, and a four-hour air show.
- A colorful Independence Day event is the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City, which supposedly started on July 4, 1916 as a way to settle a dispute among four immigrants as to who was the most patriotic. The Nathan's International July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest is an annual Competitive eating competition held at Nathan's Famous Corporation 's original and best-known Coney Island is a Peninsula, formerly an island in southernmost Brooklyn, New York City, USA with a Beach on the Atlantic Ocean Brooklyn (named after the Dutch town Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. The City of New York Events 836 - Pactum Sicardi, peace between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples Year 1916 ( MCMXVI) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year It was estimated that Americans would consume about 150 million hot dogs on July 4, 2006, or almost one hot dog for every other person in the United States. Events 836 - Pactum Sicardi, peace between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the
- New York City also hosts the famous Macy's Fireworks Display over the East River televised nationwide. The City of New York Macy's is a chain of mid-range American Department stores Its Flagship store in Herald Square, New York City has been billed A firework is classified as a low explosive pyrotechnic device used primarily for aesthetic and entertainment purposes The East River is a tidal Strait in New York City. It connects Upper New York Bay on its south end to Long Island Sound on its north end
- In Boston, a fireworks show is held over the Boston Common with the Boston Pops playing in the background. Boston Common is a central Public park in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Pops Orchestra was founded in 1885 as a subsection of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO founded four years earlier In recent years it too is televised nationwide.
- Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball games are also played on Independence Day. Part of the History of baseball series Minor league baseball is a hierarchy of Professional baseball leagues in North Since 1959, NASCAR has held the Pepsi 400 on July 4 or the Saturday of Independence Day weekend. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing ( NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of Stock cars in the United States. The Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona is a 160 lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on the first Saturday night of July
- On the Capitol lawn in Washington, D. C. , a free concert, "A Capitol Fourth", precedes the fireworks and attracts over half a million people annually. A Capitol Fourth is a free annual concert performed on the west lawn of the United States Capitol Building in Washington D
- In a remarkable series of coincidences, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two founding fathers of the U. John Adams (October 30 1735 July 4 1826 was one of the most influential Founding Fathers of the United States. Thomas Jefferson (April 13 1743 – July 4 1826 was the third President of the United States (1801–1809 the principal author of the Declaration of Independence The Founding Fathers of the United States are the Political leaders who signed the Declaration of Independence or otherwise participated in the S. , and the only two men who signed the Declaration of Independence to become President died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the United States’ 50th anniversary. The United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4 1776 announcing that the thirteen American colonies then The President of the United States is the Head of state and Head of government of the United States and is the highest political official in United States by Events 836 - Pactum Sicardi, peace between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples For the game see 1826 (board game. Year 1826 ( MDCCCXXVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display President James Monroe died exactly five years later, on July 4, 1831, though he did not sign the Declaration of Independence. James Monroe (April 28 1758 – July 4 1831 was the fifth President of the United States (1817–1825 Events 836 - Pactum Sicardi, peace between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples Year 1831 ( MDCCCXXXI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a
- In 2006, the first Space Shuttle launch on Independence Day occurred at 2:37:55 EDT for mission STS-121 using the Space Shuttle Discovery. STS-121 was a space shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS flown by Space Shuttle '' Discovery''. Space Shuttle Discovery ( Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-103 is one of the three currently operational orbiters in the Space Shuttle fleet of
- Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States, was born on July 4, 1873. John Calvin Coolidge Jr (July 4 1872 January 5 1933 was the thirtieth President of the United States (1923–1929 The President of the United States is the Head of state and Head of government of the United States and is the highest political official in United States by Events 836 - Pactum Sicardi, peace between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples Year 1873 ( MDCCCLXXIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common
In Boston, a fireworks show is held over the Charles River Esplanade with the Boston Pops playing in the background
- ^ Fourth of July Celebrations Database. 1776 is a Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone. Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and The Charles River is a small relatively short River in Massachusetts, USA, that separates Boston from Cambridge and The Boston Pops Orchestra was founded in 1885 as a subsection of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO founded four years earlier Retrieved on 2007-06-04. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Events 781 BC - The first historic Solar eclipse is recorded in China.
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