Roots of 4th of July
Happy 4th of July! Let's dance!!!
Fourth of July is Independence Day in the United States of America. It is a federal holiday and also a holiday in all 50 states and other US territories.
On July 4th 1776, the United States of America stated its independence from England by signing the Declaration of Independence. While the signing of the Declaration itself was not completed until August, the Fourth of July holiday is seen as the official anniversary of U.S. independence.
In Philadelphia, they marked the first anniversary of independence in 1777 with spontaneous celebrations in the streets, the first recorded use of the name "Independence Day" wasn't until 1791 and Independence Day celebrations only became common after the War of 1812.
By the 1870s, Independence Day had become the most important secular holiday on the American calendar and has transformed into what is known as the 4th of July today. In 1870, The U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees, though it wasn't until 1941 that Congress declared Independence Day to be a paid federal holiday. 4th of July is one of the most enthusiastically celebrated of all America's holidays. Parades, barbeques, picnics and fireworks and dancing (!!!) will be happening all over the country.
This year since 4th of July falls on Sunday, the following Monday will be observed as a Federal Holiday. Schools, libraries as well as most other federal and state offices will be closed and there will be no mail delivery.
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