USA Independence Day 2023: Celebrating America's 247th Birthday
July 03, 2023: On the Fourth of July, Americans nationwide are gearing up to celebrate their 247th Independence Day with cherished traditions like family barbeques, parades, and fireworks. But how did this day become so significant in American culture?
The history of Independence Day dates back to 1776 when the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, officially declaring independence from Britain on July 4. Although the resolution had already been approved by 12 of the 13 American colonies by July 2, it was on July 4 that the document was formally adopted, paving the way for the following celebrations.
Fireworks, a quintessential element of the festivities, were familiar to the colonies. Before 1776, fireworks had been used in various celebrations, but they were less spectacular than the ones we know today. It was in the 18th century that fireworks evolved into the grand displays we see now, becoming an integral part of the Fourth of July celebrations.
Parades are another cherished tradition associated with Independence Day. In a letter written by John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers, he predicted that Independence Day would become a significant annual festival celebrated with pomp, parades, and other festivities. Though he mistakenly believed it would be celebrated on July 2, his vision of the merrymaking to follow proved correct.
Fast forward to 2023, Independence Day celebrations still hold vital significance. Former President Donald J. Trump recently held a rally in Pickens, S.C., where he addressed his supporters with impassioned speeches, rekindling the spirit of patriotism in the hearts of many. Despite the sweltering heat, thousands gathered in the town, showcasing past presidents’ lasting impact and influence.
As we prepare to celebrate America’s 247th Birthday, let’s remember the origins of this particular day, cherish the time-honored traditions, and reflect on the journey that led to the nation’s independence. So, wherever you are on July 4, participate in the parades, enjoy the fireworks, and appreciate this beloved holiday’s freedom and unity. Happy Independence Day!