It takes place on the fourth of July and celebrates America's freedom. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we'll be learning more about Independence Day.
Independence Day is an American national holiday that celebrates the adoption of the formal declaration of independence on July 4, 1776. This landmark document decreed that the 13 colonies were no longer part of the British Empire and had become independent states.
The declaration came about, thanks to Richard Henry Lee of Virginia who proposed its creation. Founding father John Adams advanced the idea of a manuscript, and the committee of five, led by chief author Thomas Jefferson, composed the written draft. Final edited version of the Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4.
獨立宣言誕生，多虧了提出其創作的維吉尼亞州的Richard Henry Lee。建國之父John Adams提出了手稿的想法，接著五人小組，由首席作者Thomas Jefferson領導，擬出了草稿。獨立宣言最終修訂版本在七月四日通過。
In it was one of the most famous sentences in the English language, which outlined the belief system of this new country and became a cornerstone of American society: 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.
Celebrations of American independence have taken place since the adoption of the declaration. Meanwhile, the City of Philadelphia first laid the groundwork for today's celebrations with fireworks, speeches, music, parades, and displays of red, white, and blue.
Eventually in 1938, the celebration became a paid federal holiday. All traditions continue as well. For example, at military bases, a 50-gun salute is fired to commemorate the independence of each of the 50 states.
Today Independence Day is a prominent summertime event marked by shows of patriotism, outdoor activities, and tributes. There are also parades in the morning and firework displays at night. Plus the national anthem and other patriotic songs take center stage.
The holiday has become so popular, the first week of July is the busiest time of the year for travel in the United States, as Americans extend the long weekend to celebrate the birth of America and a defining moment in American history.
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