In the U.S.A., the Fourth of July is a national holiday celebrating the adoption of their Declaration of Independence. The celebration is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.
As it turns out, the actual legal separation of the American colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776 when the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, instead of July 2. I suppose that the 2nd of July would have been Ok, but it just doesn’t have the same “feel” to it. But that’s just me. 🙂
That covers the USA pretty well, but what about other countries, nations and people? Interestingly enough, there are a lot of “Independence Day” celebrations around the world. It would be silly to assume that the USA is the only nation to ever declare independence from some other country, nation or whatever. want a list? Go here.