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(The 4th of July) Independence Day

Independence Day is a federal holiday that honors the birthday of the United States of America. On July 2, 1776, in a closed session of Congress, the resolution of independence was approved. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress, representatives of the thirteen colonies, adopted the Declaration of Independence which declared that the colonies were no longer subject to the rule of Great Britain.

Although Independence Day is the legal name, most people refer to the holiday simply as the 4th of July. In cities and towns across the country, events are held to commemorate the historical events that led up to the adoption and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

There are public and private ceremonies, speeches, patriotic songs, and and other events that honor those who wrote, signed, and adopted the declaration that brought forth the birth of a new nation, the United States of America, and granted it's citizens the right to freely elect a person, or people, to represent them.

Many politicians use Independence Day to talk about the historical significance of the nation and the accomplishments of it's people. They talk about the nation's destiny and honor it's soldiers, many of whom has paid the ultimate price in defense of their country.

Independence Day festivities and activities include parties, parades, fireworks, gun salutes, barbecues, picnics, baseball or soccer games, concerts, spending the day at the beach, and travel to national parks.

Many people schedule their vacations around the 4th of July to visit friends and relatives. Others spend the day at home with their families watching television and relaxing or going to a theatre to see a movie.

Although Americans started celebrating Independence Day in the years that immediately followed 1776, it wasn't until 1870 that the U. S. Congress declared the 4th of July a holiday for federal employees and it wasn't until 1938 that Congress made it a paid federal holiday.

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the second and third presidents of the United States, were co-authors and co-signers of the Declaration of Independence. Coincidentally, both men died on the 4th of July, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

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