• Melissa Lipari

Happy Independence Day: Celebrating the Fourth of July

On July 4th, we celebrate Independence Day, a day that commemorates the foundation of America. Since 1941, this day has been considered a federal holiday- remembering the day our founding fathers adopted the Declaration of Independence and separated from Britain. Whether you are choosing to celebrate the Fourth of July this year or not, the Pedacitos Team wanted to take this opportunity to share some important facts about July 4th and the significance that it has for our country.


Starting with a brief history, “On July 4th, the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, which had been written largely by Jefferson. Though the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd, from then on the 4th became the day that was celebrated as the birth of American independence”, per History.com. Funny enough, Jefferson was one of our forefathers that rejected the celebration of July 4th, arguing that America became independent on July 2nd when the actual vote took place. It was documented that he passed away on the 50th anniversary of Inpdendance Day, along with John Adams.

The American Flag in Celebration of Independence Day.

In the Declaration of Independence, it is to be noted that Thomas Jefferson’s most powerful words read as “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” America has been known as the land of opportunity, which was outlined by the Declaration of Independence. While not all parts of the Declaration reign current to our times, it should be remembered that at the core of all American values comes the power to achieve happiness and rights.


Early celebrations of this national holiday were not quite different from what we typically arrange in the modern-day. Concerts, bonfires, and parades were common events that were used to celebrate Independence Day. Today, a classic American tradition revolves around the lighting of fireworks. In colonial times, fireworks were comparable to rockets and were launched as a sign of victory. Today, we can purchase fireworks and create our own light shows that are not as dangerous as rockets- but still give off an awe-inspiring effect.

Fireworks are a popular tradition on the Fourth of July.

While the political importance of this holiday has certainly decreased, it’s still a day that we can reflect on family, fun, and freedom. As a federal holiday, many of us are given a long weekend to celebrate this commemoration in full. No matter if you choose to spend this day by indulging in much-needed relaxation or patriotic celebration, the history of our country is an important topic to discuss. The Pedacitos Team wishes you a Happy Independence Day weekend. Stay safe and enjoy yourself!


Resources:

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/july-4th

 

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