Several States in the U.S. Celebrate an Independence Day or Statehood Day when the state became independent from another country and/or joined the Union and became part of the U.S.
Rhode Island Independence Day celebrated the colony of Rhode Island declaring its independence from Britain. Rhode Island was the first of the 13 original colonies to declare independence in a general assembly on May 4, 1776. Today schools and government offices are closed in Rhode Island on May 4th. Many of the public celebrations on this day involve the military and its importance to the independence of America.