4th of July, Independence day
Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States, which commemorates the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America on the 4th July, 1776.
The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain.
The Congress had voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2, but it was not declared until July 4.
Independence Day it is a real celebration of being American, the will and above all the awareness to be a nation and to follow the values that the Founding Fathers inserted into the hearts of every citizen.
What’s the story behind it?
The original United States of America was made up of a collection of East Coast states known as the Thirteen Colonies.
These mainly agricultural colonies were run by the British, and exploited for their resources, in particular tobacco.
While the relationship between the settlers and British was once amicable, tensions began to escalate over British laws and taxes, such as the Sugar Act, driven by British financial needs.
From 1765, some settlers began to demand ‘no taxation without representation’, calling for their voice to be heard in the British parliament.
This tension sometimes erupted into fightings.
In response to this, Continental Congresses were convened.
At the second meeting, in 1775, a war of independence against Britain was declared.
The conflict continued until the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which ended the war in favour of an independent America.
What can you do during the independence day?
During the Independence day you can visit one of the places of the revolution of 1770 Boston Freedom Trail hike, follow Ben Franklin’s footsteps through the winding streets of Philadelphia, take a boat to Mount Vernon, or cross the fields to Valley Forge.
Also you can have a costume party with guests and dress up as their favorite characters of the revolutionary era.
Play music and serve popular food and drinks at the time.
What can you eat during the independence day?
Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue; many take advantage of the day off and, in some years, a long weekend to gather with relatives or friends.
Decorations are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag.
Parades are often held in the Turtle soup: the story tells that the tradition was born thanks to John Adams, the second president of the USA who, to celebrate the Independence Day, made a turtle soup with salmon, eggs, boiled potatoes and Indian pudding the evening after dark at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.
Tradition would like a family barbecue to accompany parades and fireworks, but that’s not all, that’s what you eat:
-Hot dog and hamburger