Independence Day 2020: Independence Day or the 4th of July is considered a federal holiday in the states. The commencement of Independence Day in the states took place on 4th July 1776.
INDEPENDENCE DAY IN 2020 and beyond
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|Independence Day 2019||4 July 2019||Thursday|
|Independence Day 2020||4 July 2020||Saturday|
|Independence Day 2021||4 July 2021||Sunday|
|Independence Day 2022||4 July 2022||Monday|
|Independence Day 2023||4 July 2023||Tuesday|
|Independence Day 2024||4 July 2024||Thursday|
|Independence Day 2025||4 July 2025||Friday|
History of Independence Day:
During the time of the American Revolution, the thirteen colonies had legally separated from Great Britain in 1776 which had occurred on 2nd July, the time of second continental congress. It was mainly voted to approve the Independence Day resolution which was proposed by Richard Henry Lee from Virginia in June. This was declared as Independence Day for the states from the rule of Great Britain.
Once the voting was done for independence, Congress diverted all its attention to the ‘Declaration of Independence’ by releasing a statement that explained this particular decision which was prepared by the committee of five members, which included Thomas Jefferson as the principal author. Congress thereby debated and then revised its wordings of the declaration it has released which was approved on 4th July, after two days. Just a day prior, John Adams wrote a letter to Abigail his wife:
From that time America has been celebrating Independence Day on 4th July, every year. However, many of the historians have concluded that the declaration was signed a month right after its adoption on 2nd August 1776 and not on 4th July. The two signatories, Thomas Jefferson & John Adams had signed the declaration of Independence to serve as the United States president. The surprising part is that both of them had expired on the same day, 4th July which was known to be the 50th anniversary of the declaration.
Interesting facts about Independence Day:
1. The white house had celebrated Independence Day the very first time in 1801.
2. The original flag of America has stars that were in the shape of a circle, this implied to show that the colonies to appear equal.
3. It was after 100 years of Declaration of Independence when 1870 was finally the year when July 4th was made as a national holiday for Independence. This was done by congress.
4. On the very day, every year 150 million+ hot dogs are eaten by the citizens.
How is the 4th of July celebrated?
Independence Day in the states is associated commonly with fireworks, barbecues, picnics, concerts, baseballs, family reunions, carnivals, parades, etc. Several public and private events that depict history are held by the government which showcases the deep tradition of the country. Independence is considered to be a national holiday of the country and all the non-essential federal institutions are mandatory to be closed on that date.
|Jan-20||Monday||Martin Luther King Day 2020|
|Feb-02||Sunday||Groundhog Day 2020|
|Feb-17||Monday||Presidents Day 2020|
|Mar-17||Tuesday||St. Patrick’s Day 2020|
|May-10||Sunday||Mother’s Day 2020|
|May-25||Monday||Memorial Day 2020|
|Oct-12||Monday||Columbus Day 2020|
|Nov-11||Wednesday||Veterans’ Day 2020|
|Nov-27||Friday||Black Friday 2020|
|Dec-25||Friday||Christmas Day 2020|
The celebration of this day often takes place outside. Politicians on this day seem to be the most active people who make it a point to appear at various public events to praise everything about the country such as its heritage, history, laws, people, society, etc. One can witness the families celebrating the special day by hosting a nice and peaceful barbecue or picnic. On this day, people reunite with their family and friends and this is considered to be a long weekend. The entire country is decorated with balloons of special colors which are blue, white and red which depict the flag of America.
Parades take place in the morning time where one can witness the families visiting the place or watching it live at home together. The display of fireworks takes place in the evening, once its dark in places like parks, fairgrounds or town square. The fireworks on Independence Day are accompanied by several patriotic songs such as the national anthem of the county ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’, ‘My Country, Tis of Thee’, ‘Stars and Stripes Forever’. Many states even hold fireworks shows. On this day, a salute of one gun for each day which is commonly called the ‘Salute to the union’, is fired at the noontime by a selected military base.
New York City has the largest display of fireworks. The first week of July is considered to be busy as people use this long holiday to go on vacation with family and friends. This day is a historic day for the nation and the entire nation indulges in the celebration. United State during this day and around is lit up with lights and beautiful décor.