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Back in 1776, Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence turned an ordinary day into a history-defining moment that celebrates the dawn of American independence. This lead to the annual commemoration with fireworks, festivities, music performances and feasts until this very day! Independence Day
The essence of this defining event has been preserved throughout centuries. So how much do you know about the history of this holiday and what it truly means to the American nation?
The history books will remind you of what many have forgotten: the official, legal decision of independence actually took place two days earlier. Upon voting for the separation of the Colonies from the Great Britain rule, which occurred on July 2nd, they adopted the famous Declaration of Independence.
In fact, John Adams strongly believed that the 2nd of July was supposed to be celebrated as the turning point of American history. But since the document commemorates a later date, July 4th has been adopted as the official moment of independence.
Much like in the past, the 4th of July is celebrated as a family holiday, so many try to get together for an extended weekend. In fact, this year show a record number of nationwide travelers who want to reunite with their families and celebrate the occasion.
And while everyone looks forward to the fireworks, parades and other events organized outdoors, the essence of the holiday boils down to a feeling of unity among your closest loved ones. Pack well to make the most of this year’s holiday trip, so don’t forget your sun protection, your Slim Sonic travel toothbrush, and your camera!
Whether you’re planning your own party, or you intend to visit the parade, or a picnic in the crowd of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, there will be delicious treats everywhere!
From burgers, hot dogs, grilled corn, all the way to the traditional potato salad, the Independence menu is sure to tease your palate! And in the spirit of the occasion, all the festivities are adorned with red, white and blue balloons, flags and other wearables.
As much as this is a perfect chance for a family gathering, the whole country uses this special day to come together. Prominent politicians and government officials speak in public, while gun salutes at noon are organized wherever possible.
No matter where you are, there will be a “God Bless America” or “America the Beautiful” echoing from somewhere, while people are happily joining in to sing.
The spirit of American independence has persevered to this very day precisely because it represents the core values of the nation and every family alike. On this day, the entire country has a unified voice, and a common goal: to celebrate life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness granted to the people by the Declaration, the most profound legacy of their Founding Fathers.