Independence Day USA 2020: Important date, History & Independence Day USA Events

Independence Day USA 2020: The independence day of the United States is observed on July 4 every year to commemorate the declaration of independence from Great Britain. Get the information about the history, events & Interesting facts about Independence Day in this article.

Sheena | Updated Jun 17, 2020 13:12 PM

Independence Day USA 2020: Important date, History & Independence Day USA Events

Independence Day USA 2020

Independence Day in America is celebrated on July 4 which is also known as the Fourth of July. Independence Day pays tribute to the nation's birthday as a national holiday. The U.S. claimed its independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, by signing the declaration of independence and the birth of democracy. The delegates from the 13 colonies commemorated the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The country has been celebrating its independence day for nearly 250 years. Speeches and ceremonies will be held nationwide on July 4. People crowd cities all around the country for parades and festivals. In red, white, and blue bunting and flags, streets are decked out. If the Independence day falls on weekends, the previous or following day will be declared as a national holiday.

What is the history of US independence day?

In April 1755, people in New England started to fight against Great Britain for independence which caused an outbreak of revolutionary war and they were called radical. 

When the Continental Congress met in Pennsylvania State House on June 7, Richard Henry Lee proposed a motion calling for the independence of the colonies. In the midst of the intense discussion, Congress postponed the vote on Lee's resolution but formed a five-man committee including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, and Robert R. Livingston was asked to prepare a formal statement justifying the break with Britain.

On 2 July 1776, Congress voted for independence from Great Britain. The final wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved two days later, on 4 July 1776, and the document was released.

On 8 July 1776, the Declaration of Independence of the first public reading was held. On 2 August 1776, delegates began to sign the Declaration of Independence.

In 1870, Federal workers made Independence Day an unpaid holiday. It became a paid holiday in 1941. The first explanation of how Independence Day should be celebrated was issued on July 3, 1776, in a letter from John Adams to his wife Abigail. He included "pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations" throughout the country. Until 1791, the term “Independence Day” was not used. 

It is interesting to note that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826, which is precisely 50 years after the declaration was adopted.

How is the US Independence Day celebrated?

Independence Day is a patriotic holiday that celebrates the positive aspects of the U.S. On this day, many political leaders appear at the public events and discuss the heritage of the nation, history, laws, people, and recent events and future projects.

Independence Day is also a family celebration day that features picnics and barbecues, highlighting the American tradition of political freedom. Day-related activities include watermelon or hotdog eating contests and sporting events, such as baseball games, tug-of-war games, swimming, and three-legged races.

Many people outside their homes or buildings display the American flag. Parades typically take place in the morning, and the fireworks take place in the evening. The Independence Day fireworks are usually followed by patriotic songs like "God Bless America," "The Star-Spangled Flag," "Magnificent America," etc.

Interesting Facts about Independence Day USA

  • 56 of the men from 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence

  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the only two signers of the Declaration of Independence who later served as US President

  • The stars were in a circle on the original American flag so that all the Colonies would appear equal

  • The turkey was proposed by Benjamin Franklin as the national bird but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson who suggested the bald eagle

  • In 1776 the new nation had 2.5 million people living in it. Today the U.S. population is 316 million

  • The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped thirteen times on 4th of July in honor of the thirteen colonies

Independence Day USA - Quotes

Do not let anyone claim the tribute of American patriotism if they even attempt to remove religion from politic - George Washington

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech - Benjamin Franklin

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth – Abraham Lincoln

America is a tune. It must be sung together – Gerald Stanley Lee

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance - Woodrow Wilson

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave - Elmer Davis

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Independence Day USA - FAQ

1. Who is the father of the nation of the US?

George Washington is the father of the nation of the US. On April 30th, 1789, George Washington delivered his first speech as United States president.

2. Who is the current president of the US?

The current President of the United States of America (USA) is Donald John Trump. He's the 45th President of the US. Prior to this, he was a businessman and television personality.

3. How many states does the US have?

The United States of America consists of 50 states, a federal district, 5 major territories, and several minor islands.

4. How was the first Independence Day celebrated?

On July 8, 1776, the first public readings of the Declaration were performed with the ringing of bells and band music in Philadelphia's Independence Square. A year later, Philadelphia celebrated Independence Day on July 4, 1777, by adjourning Congress and celebrating with bonfires, bells, and fireworks.