Learn All About the 4th of July

Did you celebrate the 4th last month? There are many people in the United States who do not understand why we celebrate the 4th of July. I have done some research to better understand this holiday. I found the history of the 4th of July, why and how we celebrate it, and some interesting facts about the holiday.

In 1776, Richard Henry Lee suggested that the 13 colonies come together to create their own nation separate from England. This huge meeting was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

We celebrate the 4th of July because this is the birthday of the U.S.A. as an independent nation. Americans can celebrate with fireworks, family reunions, concerts, barbecues, picnics, parades and baseball games. One of the main activities on this holiday is fireworks. Not all states allow non-explosive fireworks to be sold. Sixteen states, including Arizona, allow the sale and use of non-aerial and non-explosive fireworks.

On July 4, 1826, Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson passed away; both signed the Declaration of Independence. A third president to pass away on this day in 1831 was James Monroe. President Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1972, and is still the only president to be born in this day. Even though the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776, it was not recognized or celebrated until 1783.

Now that I know the history, I understand why we celebrate this holiday.

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