New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The fourth of July is the day when Americans worldwide celebrate the becoming of The United States of America. It is the day, when in 1776, a Declaration of Independence drafted by Thomas Jefferson, was adopted by 13 colonies, enabling the independence of the United States from the British Empire.

Since 1941, the 4th of July remains a public holiday in the United States, and thus marks the day when people in the US celebrate the birth of American Freedom. The famous 4th July fireworks in the District of Columbia remain the highlight of the day, alongside an annual grand parade in the capital Washington DC. From parades to processions, and famous 4th July Barbecue parties sizzle the culinary senses of Americans worldwide.

However, this year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, officials have urged people to celebrate freedom by staying home.

Interesting Facts about 4th of July

1. In 1778, then President George Washington issued double rations of Rum to all his soldiers to mark the third anniversary of American Independence.

2. In 1781, the state of Massachusetts became the first American state to declare a public holiday on the 4th of July.

3. In 1776, some colonialists organised Mock funerals of the King George-III to mark American independence.

4. Two American presidents, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the anniversary of American independence in 1824. Both died within hours of each other’s deaths.

5. On the 4th of July 1946, the Philippines ceased to be a territory in American jurisdiction, and thus the day also marks the independence of the South-East Asian nation.

Significance

4th of July is meant to denote the American values of appreciating individual freedom and modulating the human character with the due progression of a particular time period, which a few decades after 1776 resulted in the abolition of slavery from the United States following the Civil War.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma