Independence Day (4th of July SVG), the day of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence of the United States in 1776, which declares the independence of the United States from the Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is celebrated in the United States on July 4. Independence Day is considered the birthday of the United States as a free and independent country. Most Americans call it “Fourth of July” simply by its date. It is accompanied by fireworks, parades, barbecues, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family meetings, public addresses and ceremonies, as well as other public and private events that are traditional in the United States. Independence Day is a national holiday of the USA.
4th of July SVG History
The holiday recalls that the Declaration of Independence was adopted on 4 July 1776. On July 2, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence, which was proposed by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia in June. At the time, 13 British colonies along the east coast of today’s United States were at war with the English king and parliament over the promulgation of the Currency Act by the British Parliament in 1764. The Act prohibited the administration of the American colonies from issuing their own unsecured and uncontrolled printed money and obliged them to pay all taxes with gold and silver coins. In other words, the law forced the colonies to the gold standard. The war began in 1775. The declaration of independence was prepared by the “Committee of Five” headed by Thomas Jefferson. Congress discussed and revised the declaration, finally adopting it on July 4. For the first time in an official document, the colonies were called the United States. The day before, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail:
The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable day in American history. I tend to believe that this day will be celebrated for generations to come as a great annual celebration. It should be celebrated as a day of liberation with splendor and parade, with performances, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and decorations, and should be celebrated throughout the continent and throughout time.
Adams’s predictions diverged from reality for only two days. From the beginning, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the day the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed. And July 2 is the date on which the independence resolution was approved in a closed session of Congress.
Historians have had long debates about whether Congress did sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, as Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin later wrote that they signed it that day. Most historians concluded that the Declaration was signed a month after its adoption, i.e., on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.
By a surprising coincidence, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both of whom had signed the Declaration of Independence, later became Presidents of the United States of America and died on the same day: July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signatory to the Declaration of Independence, James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States, also died on 4 July 1831. Calvin Coolidge, the thirtieth president, was born on July 4, 1872, and is thus still the only president born on Independence Day.
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In 1777, on July 4, 13 shots were fired in Bristol (Rhode Island), the first time in the morning and then again in the evening. Philadelphia celebrated its first anniversary in much the same way as today’s Americans: Continental Congress ceremonial dinner, toasts, thirteen-round fireworks, performances, prayers, music, parades, military shows and fireworks. The ships were decorated with red, white and blue sails.
In 1778, General George Washington celebrated July 4 with a double portion of rum in honor of his soldiers and artillery fireworks. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in Paris, Ambassadors John Adams and Benjamin Franklin held a gala dinner in honor of their fellow Americans.
In 1779, July 4 fell on Sunday. The holiday was celebrated on Monday, July 5
In 1781, the Massachusetts General Council became the first state legislature to be officially recognized on July 4
In 1783, the Moravian Church in Winston-Saleham celebrated July 4 with a complex musical program composed by Johann Friedrich Peter. This work was called “The Psalm of Joy”.
In 1791 the name “Independence Day” was used for the first time.
In 1820, the fourth of July was celebrated for the first time in Eastport, Maine, which at that time was the largest city in the state.
In 1870, the U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid public holiday for federal employees.
In 1938, Congress changed the status of Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.
4th of July SVG Celebration
Independence Day (4th of July SVG) is a national holiday, accompanied by patriotic performances. Like other summer celebrations, Independence Day is most often celebrated outdoors. Independence Day is a federal holiday, so all the not very important federal institutions (such as the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Federal Court) do not work on that day. Many politicians raise their ratings on this day by speaking at public events, praising the heritage, laws, history, society and people of their country.
Families often celebrate Independence Day with 4th of July SVG, picnics or barbecues with friends if it’s one weekend or, in some years, when the 4th of July falls on Saturday or Sunday, and therefore is postponed to the next Monday, gather for a long weekend with their relatives. Jewelry (e.g. ribbons and balls) are usually red, white and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades are usually held in the morning, while fireworks are held in the evening in parks, fairgrounds or city squares.
Fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs, such as the national anthem “The Starred Banner”, “God Save America”, “America Beautiful”, “America”, “This Land is Your Land”, “Stars and Stripes Forever”. Some songs are only sung in certain areas, such as “Yankee Doodle” in the northeastern states and “Dixie” in the southern states. Sometimes they remember songs about the War of Independence or the Anglo-American War of 1812.
Holiday fireworks take place in many states in the form of public shows. Also, many Americans organize their own fireworks shows with their own money. For security reasons, some states have banned fireworks on their own or have limited the list of allowed sizes and types of fireworks.
Salute from the first cannon in each state is called “unity salute” – the shot is fired on July 4 at noon at any military base, where there is artillery in working order.
In 2009, New York City hosted the largest fireworks show in the country, during which 22 tons of pyrotechnics were used. Other famous large fireworks were carried out in Chicago on Lake Michigan; in San Diego on the Gulf of Mission; in Boston on the Charles River; in St. Louis on the Mississippi River; in San Francisco near San Francisco Bay; and on the National Alley in Washington, D.C.
The annual International Freedom Festival in Detroit organizes one of the world’s largest fireworks shows on the banks of the Detroit River during Independence Day celebrations with the city of Winsor, Ontario, celebrating Canada Day.
Although the official ceremony is always held on July 4, the degree of celebration can vary depending on which day of the week the fourth of July falls. If the holiday falls in the middle of the week, some fireworks and celebrations can be moved to the weekend for convenience.
In the first week of July, Americans begin to travel actively around the country, as many people use the holiday to go somewhere on vacation.
Also in New York City on July 4, bulbs on the Empire State Building skyscraper are replaced by red ones.
Unique or historic celebrations
The first parade in Bristol on July 4, 1785, is the oldest continuous celebration of Independence Day in the United States.
In 1912, the Rebille Danish-American Community celebrated the fourth of July for the first time, which served to create the municipality of Rebille in Denmark.
In 1916, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, allegedly started as a way of settling a dispute between four immigrants who couldn’t figure out which one was the greatest patriot. Thus, since 1916, there has been a tradition of holding a hot dog eating championship in New York and other cities on Independence Day.
Since 1959, the International Freedom Festival has been co-hosted by Detroit (Michigan) and Winsor (Ontario) during the last week of June every year as a joint celebration of Independence Day (4th of July SVG) and Canada Day (July 1). The festival ends with a grandiose firework by the Detroit River.
There are many matches in the main league and lower league baseball league on Independence Day.
Macy’s famous department store chain fireworks show is usually held at the East River Strait in New York and has been broadcast on NBC since 1976. In 2009, the show was moved to the Hudson River for the first celebration of the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the Henry Hudson River since 2000.
Since 1970, the annual Peachtree Road Race has been held in Atlanta, Georgia, for 10 kilometers.
The Boston Orchestra has hosted a fireworks music show called “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular”, which has been held by the Charles River since 1973. The show was shown all over the country from 1987 to 2002 on the A&E Network channel, and since 2003 the show has been broadcast on the CBS channel.
On the lawn near the Capitol in Washington, D.C., there is a free concert “A Capitol Fourth”, which precedes the fireworks and attracts about half a million people every year.
On April 7, 1850, the California gold diggers’ settlement of Raff and Radi announced its separation from the U.S. and became an “independent state”. On July 4 of the same year, the residents of the settlement decided to return to the U.S. to have the full right to celebrate Independence Day with the whole country.
4th of July SVG in the Arts
One of the most famous films, in the plot of which the American Independence Day is of great importance, is a 1996 painting by Roland Emmerich “Independence Day” with Will Smith in the lead role. In the story, the Earth is attacked by alien invaders and begin to destroy the largest cities. But people beat the aggressors from space. Thus, the Independence Day of the United States becomes the day of independence of the entire Earth.
Not so patriotic is Oliver Stone’s 1989 film “Born on the fourth of July”, where Tom Cruise starred. The film tells the real story of Ron Kovick. Ron was born on July 4 – the Independence Day of the United States. He grew up in an atmosphere of pride for his country. He went to Vietnam to defend America’s interests. There he faced a real war, tragedy and horror, lost a comrade and was seriously wounded. In the hospital, he found that he did not care about himself. When he returns to peaceful life, he begins to feel that his ideals and illusions are being destroyed, that the government has abandoned him and set him up in Vietnam, permanently ruining his life because of obscure international ambitions. Ron turns into an aggressive psychopath and alcoholic. But after a while, he decides to join the anti-war movement of veterans – a sacred struggle for peace brings him back to life again.
In 1995, Richard Ford wrote the novel “Independence Day”, which was a continuation of his novel “Sports Journalist”, written in 1986. The work was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for an art book in 1996. The novel is about Frank Baskombe, a real estate agent from New Jersey. On Independence Day, he visits his ex-wife, son, mistress, tenants of one of his homes and some of his clients who find it difficult to find a good home. Independence Day” is a pastoral reflection on a man who has reached the middle age and appreciates his place in life and in the world.
In the first half of the 1990s, there was the American rap band 7669, the name of which combined the year of the declaration of independence of the U.S. (1776) and the conventional year of the “sexual revolution” (1969). In some games and movies in the U.S., the events of major shootings and explosions are called July 4, comparing them with a lot of fireworks on that day. For example, in the final of the game GTA 3 you can hear an interview, where the dismantling of the mafia compared with July 4.