Happy 243rd Birthday, America!

Independence Day is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States. It is the anniversary of the publication of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776. On July 4th, the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, which had been written largely by Thomas Jefferson. Though the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd, from then on July 4th became the day that is celebrated as the birth of American independence from Britain.

When the Declaration of Independence was started on July 2, 1776 and the Continental Congress approved the final wording on July 4th, the American colonies were then declared free and independent states. The first Independence Day was celebrated on July 8, 1776 in Philadelphia and the official signing took place on August 2nd. In honor of the original thirteen American colonies, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (but not actually rung) 13 times annually on July 4th.

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Independence Day with fireworks? Fireworks are a major part of the holiday celebration because on the very first Independence Day celebration on July 4, 1777, Americans were said to have gathered to watch as the sky illuminated to celebrate the new nation. Back then the first Independence Day was celebrated by around 2.5 million people. Today, over 315 million people will join in the festivities with delicious barbecues, colorful parades, radiating fireworks, and may even partake in the many huge sales taking place at stores across the country in the holiday’s honor.

So proudly raise your Stars and Stripes, grill those tasty hot dogs, and save some hard-earned dough in celebration of our freedom and how very far we have come as a unified nation!

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