Independence Day

Independence Day Quick Facts

AKA Name4th of July
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2020 DateJuly 4, 2020
2021 DateJuly 4, 2021
Independence Day

Independence Day History

Independence Day or as commonly known as the 4th of July commemorates Independence of the United States from Britain. This was officially declared via the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Americans take this day to celebrate all that is American and to remembering the great sacrifices of forefathers in fighting for independence. This date is most commonly associated with firework celebrations and barbeques.

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US Independence Day Facts & Quotes

  • Independence was actually declared on July 2. The Declaration of Independence document was dated July 4 and it was signed August 2.
  • In July 1776, there were approximately 2.5 million people living in the new nation.
  • The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence didn't occur until July 8, 1776. It was sent to the printers on July 4th.
  • The original Declaration of Independence can be viewed by visiting the National Archives, Washington D.C. The original copy is severely faded and sits under special glass in the Rotunda for the Chambers of Freedom.
  • The Statue of Liberty is a great symbol of American Freedom. It was given to the US by France in 1886. It was delivered in 214 crates and assembled on what is known as Liberty Island, in New York Harbor.
  • Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty. - John F. Kennedy

Independence Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend or host a Barbeque.
  • Watch Fireworks. Large cities such as New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles all have large firework displays.
  • Read or recite the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence.
  • Watch or attend Nathan's famous Hot Dog eating contest in Coney Island.
  • Watch a Parade. Most local cities host parades to celebrate Independence Day.

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