The Fourth of July may be a day of barbecues and fireworks, but it’s also an important day in United States history. This Independence Day marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by which thirteen colonies declared their independence from Great Britain. Here are some more fun facts about the holiday:
The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day in the United States, has been celebrated since 1777. This holiday marks the day when the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776.
One of the most popular symbols for this holiday is the American flag – a tradition that dates back to 1777 when it was first flown in Philadelphia.
The first Fourth of July celebration held on the White House lawn was hosted by President John Adams in 1798.
The traditional Fourth of July barbeque is thought to have been started by Thomas Jefferson, who held the first annual barbeque at Monticello in 1802.
The first public Fourth of July fireworks display was held in Philadelphia in 1777 – the day after the Declaration of Independence had been signed.
John Philip Sousa, known as “The March King,” composed a march for the holiday entitled “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” which became a staple of Fourth of July celebrations across the country.
The first hot air balloon flight in America took place on the Fourth of July in Paris, France, in 1783, by Jean-Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries.
Since 1941, the National Independence Day Parade has been held annually in Washington, D.C., usually on the morning of the Fourth of July.
The Liberty Bell was rung on the first Fourth of July, signifying the news that America was now an independent nation!
Every year, millions of Americans celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, parades, barbecues, and other festivities. It is often considered one of the most important holidays in the United States.
Happy 4th of July from everyone at Alto9!