Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States every 4 July. It celebrates the date when the original 13 colonies declared independence from Great Britain in 1776. In 2018, Independence Day falls on a Wednesday. It is popularly known as “Fourth of July.”
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The Declaration of Independence was approved unanimously by delegates representing the 13 American colonies at the Second Continental Congress. This significant step came more than one year after the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, and conveyed in no uncertain terms the grievances of the American people against King George III and the British parliament.
After this clarion call, militia and continental army soldiers would continue to battle British forces for another seven years until the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783. This treaty saw Britain recognize the sovereignty of the United States and end the war.
It is common for most cities and towns in the United States to have fireworks displays on Independence Day. Parades, fairs, carnivals, concerts, and ceremonies also take place during this holiday.
Families frequently have reunions featuring barbecues and small fireworks displays. Many people display flags on their lawns to honor the nation. Independence Day is the second of three summer federal holidays. It comes in the middle of summer when much of the United States is sweltering.