4th Of July Facts About History & Traditions: Independence Day in the United States of America is celebrated every year marking the adoption of Declaration of Independence on July 4. It is also known as the Fourth of July throughout the country. On July 4, 1776, Continental Congress committee favoured the idea of Independence of 13 British American colonies from British Monarchy Rule. From that day the 13 colonies gave themselves a status of Independent country named the United States of America. 2 days before that the representatives from these 13 colonies took a vote in favour of Independence.
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Since then Independence Day is celebrated throughout the country with utmost enthusiasm. On the day of Fourth of July people throughout the country celebrate this day with Family Reunions, Watching and participating in Parades, Going to Independence Day Concerts, barbeques and parties in the backyard, Gun Salutes and Fireworks. The Firework on Independence day is the most amazing attraction of Independence Day.
4th Of July Facts
Here we have collected some Happy 4th of July Facts for you to brush up your general knowledge.
- Independence Day is the celebration of Adaption of Independence by 13 colonies of British America on July 4, 1776.
- The Vote for Independence took place on July 2, 1776. But it took 2 days to adapt the colonies, the idea of Independence. So the celebration is for Adaption of Independence not of Signing the Independence.
- Initially, it was only 13 colonies to form the country of the United States of America.
- The Draft of Independence was made by Thomas Jefferson on his wooden lap-table.
- Massachusetts was the first state to recognise the holiday on July 4, 1781; But the first anniversary was celebrated in Philadelphia.
- In 1870 congress recognised Independence day as an official National Holiday along with Christmas and other.
- The Holiday gives Paid Leave to Federal Employees since 1938 in a bill passed in Congress.
- Independence Day in term of spending is the most expensive holiday in the United States of America. Around 15000 Fireworks Display takes place on this day on average.
- Former 3 American Commander in Chief Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Monroe have died on Independence Day.
- Calvin Coolidge’s Birthday is also on Fourth of July.
- Fourth Of July also holds significance to other countries. Such countries are Philippines (Republic day), Rwanda (Liberation Day), Denmark etc.