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Every July 4th sky and streets in the United States are filled with colors, one of the most important American celebrations takes place: The Declaration of Independence.

Americans and naturalized immigrants celebrated with great pride the day the United States became independent.

To commemorate this day the site GobiernoUsa.Gov invited all Americans to tell what the reasons that make them proud to be an American. The stories were shared in the Fan Page of the organization.

This is a day where the family gathers to celebrate a great achievement in the history of the United States.

Road to Independence

5230310-una-copia-de-la-declaracion-de-independencia-de-fecha-4-de-julio-de-1776-marcando-el-dia-de-que-los-The Britons had a good relationship with the thirteen colonies that formed the Atlantic Coast of North America.

Some of these colonies were founded by the Crown, others exploited by companies to traded tropical products, and others were born at the hands of the exiled settlers from the metropolis either for religious or political reasons.

These thirteen colonies had a degree of freedom, were commanded by governors but have assemblies or parliaments that assured autonomy.

By 1975 the Briton King George III decided to raise taxes: stamp duty, and then a tax on tea, which triggered the 135independencia-usa2revolution.

Nobody consulted the colonies … and Britons tried to keep the decision with the use of force but soon in the Port of Boston a vessel carrying tea was sacked by Redskins dressed colones.

This led it to consider that taxes were abusive and Congress met in Philadelphia and proclaimed Bill of Rights (1774).

But the situation became increasingly tense.

The settlers created hidden cabinets “shadow cabinet” called them, each colony had one. There settlers gradually came together and succeeded in expelling all real funcionares.

Increasingly, the desire for independence grew, a pamphlet called Common Sense  published by Thomas Paine had a great resonance, inviting settlers to win full independence.

And so it was …

On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia a month before declaring the United States independent of Britain

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After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a committee of five, where Thomas Jefferson was one of the principal authors

Two days later the signing of the Declaration of Independence was a reality, and the country proclaimed its formal separation from the British Empire.

Celebration
From 1776, July 4th it’s celebrated with the same feeling and emotion.It is defined by the great patriotic displays, with decorations like balloons, flags and clothing, usually colored red, white and blue, the colors of the American flag

Picnics, celebrations, many outdoor activities such as parades which usually occur in the morning, also held activities at amusement parks, baseball games and most popular, the fireworks, they occur in the afternoon or in the night at places like parks or beaches squares.

The fireworks are accompanied by patriotic songs “Star-Spangled Banner”, “God Bless America”, “America the Beautiful”, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”, “Stars and Stripes Forever”, and, regionally, “Yankee Doodle” in northeastern states and “Dixie” in southern states.

It is important to know that in some states the police as a form of protection, prohibiting or restricting the sale of fireworks.

It is a day where almost everything is closed (all nonessential federeales institutions like the postal service and federal courts).  It is the day where all connect with their ancestors and heritage, and where many take advantage of the time to reconnect with relatives

Besides political leverage on July 4th to appear at a public event and praise the heritage, laws, history, society and the people of the nation.

A gun salute for each state of the United States, called a “salute to the union,” is given in the Independence Day at noon by any military base with the necessary facilities.

Traditional food

 

In North America various celebrations have a specific menu, such as Thanksgiving with turkey for example.

In July 4th americans eat with some variety.

 

The favorite among all is … the hot dog, it is estimated that more than 150 million are sold that day

The hot dog, followed by hamburgers, fried chicken and the popular strawberry cake with blackberries and blueberries.


Interesting Facts

Three US presidents died on this date. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Moore.

President Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872.

On this date most amount of beer sold in the whole year.

It is estimated that the July 4 150 million hot dogs sold in the United States.

Citizens of the United States about 600 million dollars are spent on fireworks.

Every July 4 there are about 3,500 injured by fireworks. 50% hands and 30 percent in the head. (be careful)

The most spectacular show of fireworks is the Macy’s store in New York. About 2 million people line the streets to watch.

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