Happy Fourth of July
The Fourth of July is a special holiday in the United States. Today marks the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, signed in 1776. This was a time when the Thirteen Colonies of America declared themselves “states.” They were no longer a part of the British Empire. This came about after the colonists complained about taxes and the British influence. The settlers had developed their own sense of pride and nationalism. This resulted not only in 13 states but the beginning of the saying, “Happy Fourth of July.”
Our Citizens Join Together on this Day
Today is a day that families join together to celebrate. Many people will journey out to local parks to have a bbq. Others will take their lawn chairs to sit in the hot sun and watch the local parade. Baseball games are very popular on this day as well as picnics and fireworks. No matter what you do, this is a day where family gets together.
The Fourth of July, also referred to as Independence Day, offers some spectacular events throughout the US. One such event is called, “A Capitol Fourth.” This event, held on he Capitol lawn in Washington, D.C. offers a free concert. The concert precedes spectacular fireworks and attracts more than half a million people.
The “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular” is held each year in Boston and features the Boston Pops Orchestra followed by a fireworks show over the Charles River Esplanade. Of course there is the famous Macy’s fireworks display held over the East River in New York City.
The Bristol Fourth of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island has been held since 1785. It is the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States. Almost every city in the fifty states offers some type of celebration.