What is the Fourth of July and why do we celebrate it?

What is the Fourth of July and why do we celebrate it?

July 4th, also known as Independence Day and the Fourth of July, is an American holiday celebrated annually.

It marks the day the United States officially became its own nation. Americans celebrate the day with parades, fireworks, barbecues and sparklers.

Before America was a country, it comprised 13 colonies established by Great Britain with 2.3 million people.

Great Britain began passing legislation to establish control within the colonies, especially while taxing the colonists.

Fast-forward to 1776, a Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia was held.

Virginia statesman Richard Henry Lee proposed that the colonies declare independence from Britain. On July 2, 1776, Lee’s motion for independence was approved.

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted and America became a free nation.

America officially defeated Great Britain in the Revolutionary War on September 1783.