Happy Independence Day!
As we citizens of the USA celebrate this day with friends and family, it is important to remember the significance of this day and what happened only 240 years ago. It wasn't only the birth of a nation (and the start of a war), but it was a major leap in the evolution of ideas in the history of mankind. The independence of the United States was a major step (inspiring thousands of movements) towards recognizing human rights and individual sovereignty of which were virtually non-existent in the eyes of a monarchy and a political system that ruled for thousands of years.
In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July or the Fourth, is a holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. On Independence Day there are many events such as fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events. These events celebrate the history, government, and traditions of the United States.
Families often celebrate Independence Day by having or going to a picnic or barbecue, and take advantage of the day off and in some years, long weekend to gather with relatives and friends. People may also do fun and relaxing hobbies like any other day off such as swimming, fishing, boating, sunbathing, playing sports, or just kicking back and relaxing. Many stores are open on the fourth so people may go shopping. In the evening, people may launch their own fireworks. Decorations (e.g., streamers, balloons, and clothing) are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades often are in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.