June 28, 2015

Is the 4th of July Celebrated Only in the United States?

Out of the mouth of babes comes the most thought provoking questions. "Do they celebrate 4th of July in England?" Hmmm. That's an interesting question. One of our American employees, who lived in England as a young student for a time, was surprised when July 4th came around and there were no fireworks or celebrations. His friend says, "Dude, why would we celebrate your independence from us?" So...Here's a little background on the holiday.
 
The American 4th of July holiday, also known as Independence Day, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It is the date that the US declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
 
July 4th is the date shown on the Declaration of Independence but historians have disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th. Most historians concluded that the Declaration was signed almost a month later on August 2, 1776.
 
Other interesting 4th of July facts...
 
Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who signed the Declaration of Independence and also served as Presidents of the United States, died on July 4, 1826 which was the 50th anniversary of the signing. US President Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872.
 

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