Fourth of July

In the United States, the Fourth of July is Independence Day, a federal holiday. We celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which occurred on July 4, 1776. Topics of questions include declaring independence from Great Britain, fireworks, parades, and ceremonies celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

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When did America become independent?

July 4 1776 is what many people think, but we actually officially became independent on July 8 1776. Many people thought that the 8th should be independence day, as I do.

I would add that the Continental Congress declaredindependence from Great Britain in 1776. The American Colonies were a huge source of revenue to Britain, and they weren't about to let an asset like that slip through their grasp. So, the Colonies would have to fight for their independence against one of the strongest armies in the world (no easy task, mind you). It wasn't until September 3rd, 1783 when the Treaty of Paris was signed by Britain and the United States that independence was acknolwledged. So, maybe we ought to write Congress and petition for September 3rd to be acknowledged as our trueIndependence Day? Just a thought. I don't think it'd happen anyhow as we already have the 4th of July set aside and it would confuse many folks.

What President was born on July Fourth?

Calvin Coolidge is the only US president born on July 4th. He was born in Plymouth, Vermont on July 4, 1872.

Which presidents died on the Fourth of July?

Three US presidents died on Independence Day (July 4):

  • John Adams, the 2nd president , died July 4, 1826 of a staph infection.
  • Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd president, died the same day, July 4, 1826, probably from amoebic dysentery
  • James Monroe , the 5th president died five years later, July 4, 1831, probably from TB

Why does the US celebrate the Fourth of July?

Independence DayJuly 4, 1776, was the day America declared its independence from the British. On July 4th two founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, days and weeks later it was signed by the rest. The Fourth of July is celebrated by Americans as Independence Day.

When is the American Independence Day?

July 4th

The Declaration of Independence was actually sent by the colonist on July 2, but everyone heard the news that it got accepted on July 4 so now we all celebrate this holiday on July 4.

No. Virginia's resolution on independence was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 2 but the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4. Thus independence was declared, which was necessary to give it legal standing, on the 4th.

Are malls open on July 4th?

Yes it's a law basically they only have to close on Christmas and easter

How does Venezuela celebrate Independence Day?

The Venezuelans got their freedom from the Kingdom of Spain in 1811. They freed themselves by breaking away from that kingdom. Their Independence Day is on July 5th. The Venezuelans still celebrate Independence Day today.

Sometimes planes past by and make a show, replacing fireworks. They also celebrate by holding parades.

What year did July 4 fall on a Saturday?

July 4, 1981

July 4, 1987

July 4, 1992

July 4, 1998

July 4, 2009

Do people celebrate the Fourth of July in England?

British people don't celebrate the Fourth of July, the day that commemorates America's independence from England. America's Independence Day is celebrated in the US on the fourth of July and some American who are in England at the time may hold private celebrations.

When was the Fourth of July declared a national holiday?

The first "official" state celebration of the Fourth as recognized under resolve of a legislature occurred in Massachusetts in 1781. Boston was the first municipality (city/town) to officially designate July Fourth as a holiday, in 1783. Alexander Martin of North Carolina was the first governor to issue a state order (in 1783) for celebrating the independence of the country on the Fourth of July.

According to Title 5 of the US Code, neither Congress or the President has the authority to declare a holiday that must be enforced by the states - states declare which holidays they choose to observe. Federal holidays are only applicable to Federal employees and the District of Columbia.

It was originally made so the Americans can have their freedom. Thus, the name Independence Day and people say Fourth of July for short.

The first official US holidays were declared by Congress on June 28, 1870. New Years Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day were all declared holidays in the first Act.

Do people work on Fourth of July if it falls on a Wednesday?

It depends on Where you work. It's a Federally recognized holiday, so it's accepted and expected that the 4th is a day-off day. Unless you work in something like fast food, retail, or real estate. Then all bets are off.

What day do they celebrate independence in the us?

In the United States, "Independence Day" is celebrated on July 4, and commemorates independence from Great Britain, which was achieved in 1776. Other countries have their own celebrations commemorating their own independent or established status, celebrated on the day they see fit.

The idea of Independence day was originally meant to celebrate the PEOPLE'S freedom from oppression and tyranny. It was not to be a celebration of a single nation's independence from another, but the celebration was for ALL people to celebrate the fact that ALL people are born with the right to be free from such oppression and tyranny. Every person on the planet has the innate right to be free from religious, political, financial, and any other form of oppression. Here in America, we rightfully celebrate the fact that we are a free nation. We do not celebrate because we fought off the British, but because we freed ourselves from a situation that was oppressive in nature.

Can Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate the Fourth of July?

Jehovah's Witnesses can not celebrate the 4th of July because they only celebrate weddings, anniversaries, and religiously-bound holidays (ex.- Christmas). The Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas. The only holidays they celebrate are what we non-JWs call the Lord's Supper. Jehovah's Witnesses view themselves as "no part of the world", as Jesus did when he was on the earth. (John 17:14) While they are citizens of current governments, and loyally obey the laws of the land when they do not conflict with God's Word the Bible, they do not believe that our salvation will come at the hands of governments of men. Therefore, why celebrate a tradition who's purpose is to promote a government instituted by men? What is more, the 4th of July celebration itself is a tradition celebrating America's "liberation". The holiday is therefore celebrating America as our salvation, whereas Jehovah's Witnesses look to Jesus as their savior.