History of Independence Day, an introduction 

History of Independence Day

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Introduction

Early celebrations

Modern celebrations

Misconceptions

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Introduction

The Independence Day of the USA celebrates the country. While the origins of the day come from the revolt of a set of colonies away from their ruling state, Great Britain, there is no sense of hate or dislike involved.

The Independence Day celebrations are more a tribute to the nation as a whole rather than glorifying in revolution. As John Adams put it in a letter that he wrote to his wife on July 3rd, 1776:

'The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.'

 

He got the date wrong because the vote of the Continental Congress on July 2nd was very important, but it was with the July 4th vote that the text of the Declaration was adopted by 9 out of the 13 colony representatives.

But whatever the date, the text of John Adams letter has been taken to the hearts of Americans and that is how the Fourth of July is celebrated: with parades, games, bonfires and, especially, fireworks.