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Washington Monument with  fireworks in the sky
Celebrating U.S. Independence Day, fireworks explode over Washington D.C.
Photo Courtesy of White House Website. Photo by Moreen Ishikawa.
Independence Day
July 4th is America’s Independence Day. Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. On this day, members of the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and declared America’s independence from Britain. The American colonists were unhappy with many policies carried out by Britain’s King George III, including his decisions to cut off American trade to the world and to levy taxes without the consent of the colonists. John Adams, America’s first Vice President and second President, wrote in a letter to his wife, “I believe that [July 4th] will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival…it ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells…” John Adams was correct in his prediction. Today on Independence Day, friends and families have picnics with hot dogs, hamburgers, and baked beans. Americans also go to lakes, beaches, concerts, and huge fireworks shows to celebrate America’s birthday. The Freedom Festival is an exciting event that takes place annually on July 4th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here the signing of the Declaration is re-enacted by costumed actors. The city of Boston, Massachusetts holds a giant concert for over 150,000 people while an elaborate fireworks display lights up the sky.
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