Every year, people all across the United States observe the 4th of July as Independence Day to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on the same day in 1776. The day is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm by the people of the country with several traditions tracing back to almost 250 years now. It is a federal holiday in the United States that marks the anniversary of the establishment of the United States of America as an independent nation. Follow this article for more details related to USA Independence Day 2023 celebrations, history, interesting facts, and much more.
USA Independence Day 2023 Overview
|Event||USA Independence Day 2023, The Fourth of July|
|Date||July 4, 2023|
|Proposed by||United States Federal Government|
|Observed by||United States|
|Purpose of celebration||To mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776.|
USA Independence Day Upcoming Events
Below mentioned are the upcoming dates for USA Independence Day for the upcoming 5 years.
|USA Independence Day 2023||July 4, 2023||Tuesday|
|USA Independence Day 2024||July 4, 2024||Thursday|
|USA Independence Day 2025||July 4, 2025||Friday|
|USA Independence Day 2026||July 4, 2026||Saturday|
|USA Independence Day 2027||July 4, 2027||Sunday|
Holiday on USA Independence Day
USA Independence Day is observed every year on July 4 which is the legal holiday in the nation. However, if the date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the holiday is observed on the adjacent Friday or Monday, respectively.
The 4th of July began to be observed as a holiday around a hundred years after the independence of the country. It was on June 28, 1870, that the US Congress Independence Day an unpaid federal holiday in the country. It was later made a paid federal holiday in 1938.
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History of USA Independence Day
On July 2, 1776, the thirteen colonies of America declared their legal separation from Great Britain when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence. The proposal was proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain’s rule. The proposal was adopted granting freedom to the colonies and work started to draft the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration was basically a statement explaining this decision, prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. The Declaration was finally approved two days later on July 4, marking the official independence of America from British rule.
How is USA Independence Day celebrated?
USA Independence Day is celebrated every year with immaculate displays of fireworks, and parades. A salute of one gun for each state in the United States called a “salute to the union,” is fired on Independence Day at noon by any capable military base. Families observe this day with barbecues, picnics, and reunions, and organize a trip with their loved ones to nearby tourist locations. Other than this, carnivals, fairs, concerts, political speeches, ceremonies, and other public and private events are also organized on the occasion of Independence Day. The whole nation is decorated with the colors of the American flag, i.e. blue, white, and red. Families get-togethers with fireworks displays occur after dark at popular places like sporting venues, public shorelines, parks, or town squares.
Interesting Facts related to USA Independence Day
Check out some interesting facts about America’s independence day:
Thomas Lynch Jr. and Edward Rutledge, aged 26 were the youngest people to sign the Declaration of Independence.
The oldest person to sign the Declaration was Benjamin Franklin who was 70 years old at the time.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were the only two signatories of the Declaration of Independence who served as presidents of the United States.
Both Jefferson and Adams died on the same day, July 4, 1826, which was also the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.
Calvin Coolidge was the only US president to have been born on Independence Day, July 4, 1872.
The White House celebrated Independence Day for the first time in 1801.
The 4th of July Parade in Bristol on Rhode Island is the oldest continuous celebration of Independence Day.
Over 150 million hot dogs are being consumed on Independence Day in the US.
The tradition of setting off fireworks on the 4th of July began in Philadelphia.
Sponsored by Macy’s New York City shows the largest fireworks display in the country.
Frequently Asked Questions
July 4 every year
Firework displays followed by barbecues are the two most commonly practiced traditions of the 4th of July.
It is believed that the Declaration of US Independence was signed on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4.