Flags and fireworks fly high in the sky as millions of people across the nation celebrate independence, freedom, and togetherness every year on July 4th. The holiday is also known as Independence Day, and has been recognized as a federal holiday since 1941. It is a paid day off for all federal employees. Why do we celebrate this day every year? The 4th of July honors the “birthday” of the United States, and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The major reason why the colonists wanted their freedom was taxation without representations – taxes were enforced upon them without their say. Common symbols for the day are the American flag, celebratory fireworks, and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The day was memorialized in 1776, as the colonies were finally recognized independent from the British Empire.
The 4th of July would not be what it is today without fireworks. But what is it that really makes the 4th extravagant? Well, hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent every year on this one day. Firework stands spring out of nowhere weeks before hand.
• Even in these hard economic times, Americans are anticipated to spend as much as $3 million on 4th of July festivities.
• An estimated 87.8% of Americans will take part in the celebration
• $111 million will be spent on charcoal to fuel barbecues to cook everything from hamburger patties to turkey dogs.
Not only in America
Many other countries do celebrate their own personal Independence Day. Americans should keep in mind that not everyone in the world is partying hard on the 4th. Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16th, to commemorate the day that they broke it off with Spain. South Korea marks August 15th on their calendars, to celebrate both its independence from Japan, and the creation of its government.
What else is there to know about this fantastic celebration? Well, of course, there are the thousands of community events that take place one day of the year. Every community, just about, holds its own personal celebration with fireworks and barbecues. Of course, as with any holiday, there are those few places that stand out, and are the ideal to go to for your 4th of July celebration. New York City, the Big Apple, is one place to see as the skyline is lit up with fireworks. The annual Macy’s firework show is something not to be missed. Washington, D.C., the heart of America; what better place to go to show your patriotism? There’s a parade along Constitutional Avenue, as well as a spectacular firework show at the national mall.
Of course, nothing could compare to setting off those little fuses in your own driveway. What fireworks should you get? There are some that make a lot of noise, some that create a lot of light, and some that can show you a rainbow. Local firework stands tend to have amazing deals. Sparklers are a classic for children to wave around. Some have patriotic names such as “The Morning Glory”. Whatever fireworks are bought for the 4th, it is advised to be safe, and be smart. The 4th is a day of remembrance and celebration, so make it count and have fun.