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4th of July: History, Facts and Activities

LIFESTYLE | Published on 01/07/2022
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Anniversaries and celebrating victories have always been a momentous part of society. People from around the world, no matter the culture, language, or social status, celebrate the victories of their countries with festive customs and traditions. What does the 4th of July celebrate or mean to you? Many people know it’s a holiday in the United States but do they know the 4th of July facts and history?

For instance, did you know the Declaration of Independence was not actually signed on July 4th? A great misconception that is widely believed is that America gained independence from Britain on July 4, 1776. On the contrary, the official vote happened on July 2, 1776, but wasn’t published in the papers until July 4th. And from henceforth, celebrating 4th of July as the Independence Day holiday in the United States.

4th of July Independence Day History

Come next Monday, we’ll say “Happy Independence Day USA!” but did you know that in 1775 when the Revolutionary War broke out, not everyone wanted total independence from Great Britain? Fortunately, many colonists changed their minds the following year after months of being in the war. On June 7, 1776, when the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall), Richard Henry Lee, the delegate from Virginia introduced a motion for the colonies to gain independence.

During the Continental Congress, a five-man committee was appointed amid heated debates between delegates and colonies. On July 2, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Lee’s resolution for independence which was a near-unanimous vote. Jefferson wrote and contributed largely to the adoption of the Declaration of Independence which was formally adopted by the Continental Congress on the 4th of July, 1776.

Almost 100 years later, in 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday but it wasn’t until 1941 that the provision was expanded to grant a paid holiday to all federal employees. Now you know some interesting 4th of July independence day history, it’s time for the fun stuff: FIREWORKS!

Fourth of July Fireworks

The tradition of Independence Day festivities goes as far back as the 18th century and the American Revolution. From 1776 to now, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence. On the first anniversary of celebrating 4th of July in 1777 began the tradition of fireworks being set off to celebrate Independence Day. It started with firing a 13-gun salute paying homage to the 13 colonies. 

The world’s leading firework manufacturers are in the US and receive most of their revenue leading up to the 4th of July holiday in the United States. The firework industry makes billions annually. There was a total trade of approximately $1.38B but between 2019 and 2020, it decreased to $1.13B. As enormous as these numbers are, a mere 10% of firework displays are done by professionals. This also explains firework-related accidents across the country.

4th of July Activities

The best part about celebrating 4th of July is that it falls in mid-summer. Ever since the late 19th century, the 4th of July has become a major focus of leisure activities and family gatherings. People spend this day doing festivities ranging from concerts fireworks, and parades to more casual family get-togethers, camping, and barbecues. What does the 4th of July celebrate and do people celebrate it outside of the US? 

The most common symbol of the holiday is the American flag, and a common musical accompaniment is “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States. This important holiday in the United States is also recognized by the tourism industry in Mexico. That’s why all inclusive resorts like Villa La Estancia Los Cabos tend to offer 4th of July Independence Day festivities and family activities to celebrate this momentous day. Happy Independence Day USA!

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