Independence Day is an annual holiday celebrated in countries around the world commemorating the anniversary of the nation's independence. Each country has it's own reason to celebrate and many are celebrated similarly under other names such as National Day, Foundation Day, Statehood Day or name the day for their country (Canada Day and Fiji Day), or other name. In the U.S. it is most commonly referred to as the 4th of July.
The Fourth of July is a common name for The United States of America’s Independence Day. This day celebrates the day the US declared independence from Great Britain. The document, The Declaration of Independence, was published on July 4th 1776.
On July 2nd 1776, a secret meeting was held in which leaders of the New England settlements that would one day become the United States of America voted to fight for independence from Great Britain. Two days later the published a document known as The Declaration of Independence. This is the day that is still celebrated all across the country. Many believe that the 4th of July celebrates the day The Declaration of Independence was signed, but historians now believe that the signing didn’t begin until a month later on August 2nd. The date of July 4th was most likely chosen because it is the date written on the top of the actual document.
John Adams was the first person the suggest celebrating Independence Day, though he called it “the great anniversary festival”, and he believed it would be celebrated on July 2nd. It was not called Independence Day until 1791. In 1870 is was made an Official holiday for government employees and in 1938 it became a paid holiday.
The fourth of July is a day of celebration and patriotism all throughout the United States. Most people celebrate it by getting together with family and friends for barbeques and picnics. Fireworks are set off at public places and individual homes alike. People often wear red, white, and blue to celebrate the colors of the American flag.