The Fourth of July is synonym of freedom and independence for Americans as the First of July is for us Canadians. Americans across the country celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, parades, hot dog, burgers, and beers, surrounded by family members. This national holiday represents a way to pay tribute to the Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence.
But July 4th is not really the day that the United States declared its independence from the British. It was, in fact, two days before that the Continental Congress approved the independence of the thirteen American colonies and the Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson, was adopted on July 4th, 1776.
The festivities that are seen on this national holiday are a tradition that dates back to 1776. “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival,” wrote John Adams to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776. “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews [Shows], Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more,” he added in his letter.
Ordered in 1751 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s original constitution, the 2,000-pound copper and tin bell was rung at the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, by Colonel John Nixon, on July 8th, 1776. The name Liberty Bell was first seen in an abolitionist pamphlet’s poem, in 1839 and afterward adopted.
You can check out this infographic below to learn more facts about Independence Day. Whether you are Americans or not, it is really interesting to discover a little bit more about this historic event.
Americans are very proud of their roots. Their pride is extremely obvious and utterly honorable. So HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY, Americans and let freedom ring!
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