Most people know that America celebrates its Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. Freedom means a lot to me. I’m sure it’s very important for you too.
What is the 4th of July?
July 4, 1776, was when the delegates from the 13 colonies adopted Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation from Great Britain Empire. The Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.
July 4th was made an unpaid national holiday for federal workers in 1870, until Congress made it an official paid holiday in 1938. Some non-federal workers get paid for July 4th day off. For people who have to work, they might get paid more or extra compensation for the day.
But most people prefer not work on July 4th. Who wants to work when everyone is partying?
And do you know this one interesting fact which started the fight to gain independence?
Here is an excerpt from PBS:
“”Taxation without representation!” was the battle cry in America’s 13 Colonies, which were forced to pay taxes to England’s King George III despite having no representation in the British Parliament. As dissatisfaction grew, British troops were sent in to quell the early movement toward rebellion. Repeated attempts by the Colonists to resolve the crisis without military conflict proved fruitless.
On June 11, 1776, the Colonies’ Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and formed a committee whose express purpose was drafting a document that would formally sever their ties with Great Britain. The committee included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston. Jefferson, who was considered the strongest and most eloquent writer, crafted the original draft document (as seen above). A total of 86 changes were made to his draft and the Continental Congress officially adopted the final version on July 4, 1776.”
How do Americans celebrate Independence Day?
The day is associated with patriotic displays, barbecues, beers, picnics and games. The lists goes on…
Family events are organized throughout the United States as national holiday in the United States since 1941.
Fireworks are one of the most common ways to celebrate Independence Day, with displays often held in every major city – FREE for everyone to enjoy! Some cities allow residents to play fireworks while other cities bane fireworks due to safety reasons.
That is freedom on a national level.
On a personal level, each of us need and defines our freedoms differently.
Here is a short list what Freedom means to some of us…
Please enjoy the video…