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How Was The USA Independence Day Celebration On 4th of July? Know the History, Flag’s Importance, And Other Interesting Things

Its 4th of July, a special day that contains a remarkably out of the ordinary history for all of the American natives. It’s the day when the nations saw the signing of the Declaration of Independence back in 1776. A document that declares that the thirteen colonies now included in the United States of America are no longer under the colonial rule of British.

The Annual Grand Celebrations

The day has seen a grand celebration in the USA, especially in New York City. There Macy, the clothing retailer organizes a grand show every year. A show that lasts more than 25 minutes includes 75,000 individual shells, takes 55 crew members and 10 days to set up.  The things that individuals make the firework show even more auspicious and grand. Macy is also lighting the NYC East River’s skies for more than 40 years. This cost is around $6 million every time.

4th of July Celebration at New York City in 2015, Image Credit: KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Image
4th of July Celebration at New York City in 2015, Image Credit: KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Image

Why The Nation Chose 4th July?

The interesting thing about American Independence Day is that in reality, the day should be on the 2nd of July and not 4th of July. Because the approval to the resolution to legally get separate from Great Britain was voted out two days earlier than 4rth July by the Second Continental Congress.

But the approved declaration of Independence prepared by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman, and Robert R Livingston was first printed on 4th July. Hence that was the date that is celebrated as Independence Day.

Depiction of Signatories of Declaration Of Independence on 4th July 1776, painting by John Trumbell.
Depiction of Signatories of Declaration Of Independence on 4th July 1776, painting by John Trumbell.

The Unique First Anniversary Celebration 

The first celebration of Independence that is in 1777 was a remarkable one. As, despite the gloomy shadow of the Revolutionary War, the natives didn’t let down the specialty. In 1777 the sky was lit up by the fireworks all around the USA. The celebration can easily be described with the Philadelphia Evening Post after the first celebration. It reads as “The evening was closed with the ring of bells, and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks (which began and concluded with thirteen rockets) on the Commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated. Everything was conducted with the greatest order and decorum, and the face of joy and gladness was universal.”

American Flag’s Importance
American Independence Day 2019
American Independence Day 2019

The American flag with thirteen alternate red and white stripes and thirteen white stars on the blue background firstly featured in 1777 Independence Day only. The Continental Congress passed the resolution to create the American flag before the first anniversary. The importance of the Flag is clearly stated in the resolution statement as “Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union is thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

On this day of Independence, we wish them a Happy 4th of July.