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Independence Day

happy-fourth-of-julyIndependence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday here in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, proclaiming independence from Great Britain.

As a practical matter, the Declaration of Independence publicly announced to the world the unanimous decision of the American colonies to declare themselves free and independent states, absolved from any allegiance to Great Britain. But its greater meaning -then as well as now- is as a statement of the conditions of legitimate political authority and the proper ends of government, and its proclamation of a new ground of political rule in the sovereignty of the people.

So, how do people celebrate Independence Day? For the quintessential Fourth of July experience, don’t miss America’s National Independence Day Parade, which features marching bands from all over the country, military and specialty units, patriotic floats and VIPs. It’s a great start to a full day of Fourth of July events.

Add a splash of international to your all-American holiday and make your way to the National Mall for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival here in DC, which typically runs over two long weekends around the Fourth of July. The annual celebration of cultural diversity turns the National Mall into a global bazaar with music, dancing, crafts and demonstrations exploring different cultures.

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbeques, fairs, picnics, concert, baseball games, family reunions political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

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