Why do we celebrate the 4th of July?

Fourth of July

On July 4th, 1776, the colonies officially declared their independence from England. Thus beginning the long journey from the 13 colonies to the 50 states. Each year, Americans celebrate the Fourth of July to commemorate one of the biggest days in our country’s history.

A five-man team was appointed to present the colonies’ case for independence, including a few proud sons of our home.grown. states; John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Robert R. Livingston of New York, and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, who was tasked with drafting the Declaration of Independence. The Continental Congress convened on July 1, 1776, to discuss the matter, with revisions of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration continuing until the afternoon of July 4th, 1776. Finally, the Declaration was officially adopted.

There are many ways to celebrate the Fourth, fireworks, barbeques, hanging out with friends and family, or even becoming a U.S. citizen! Each year, over 14,000 people are welcomed in by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The process entails a series of requirements, such as being a permanent resident or green cardholder, the ability to speak, read, and write English, being of good moral character, passing of a citizenship test, and more. Certainly a strenuous task, but once citizenship is earned these newcomers help strengthen our nation as another contributor to our democracy.

One of the staples of good Fourth of July fun is going to see the fireworks. We discovered some of the most impressive displays the country has to offer. The Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks in New York City is the largest show in the country. Using 3,000 effects in 25 action-packed minutes, the show is viewed by 3 million people annually. Other impressive displays include the DO A.C. Fourth of July Fireworks in Atlantic City, the Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing! show in Nashville, the National Mall Independence Day Celebration in Washington D.C., and the Addison Kaboom Town! show in Dallas. Looking for a blast of a show in our Northeast home? We recommend checking out the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular!

Anyway you choose to celebrate is your own freedom. Yet, no matter your plans we have everything you need to enjoy the day to the fullest. From PICS Ice Cream to barbeque sauce we are your one stop shop for all of the holiday essentials!

Happy Fourth!

Sources:

https://www.military.com/independence-day/history-of-independence-day.html

https://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2014-07-03/the-10-biggest-fireworks-displays-in-the-us http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/03/citizens-naturalization-ceremonies-fourth-july/#.XRTejflKiUk

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