THE 4th of July is the most patriotic day for Americans, with the US flag flown, and celebrations held across America. Why do Americans celebrate the 4th of July?
Americans across the world celebrate Independence Day with carnivals, family reunions and political ceremonies.
The American flag is proudly flown, and red, white and blue decorations adorn shops, cars and clothing in honour of the day.
Fireworks are a staple, and often gunshots are fired into the air in celebration following ancient traditions.
Food is made, family and friends brought together and political speeches given in celebration of America’s history.
The 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, is a government recognised holiday in the United States, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
America legally separated from Great Britain in 1776 during the American Revolution, signing a Declaration of Independence to this effect.
The thirteen American colonies became a new nation, the United States of America, no longer a part of the British Empire.
The Declaration was signed by a committee of five prominent politicians; John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston.
The tradition of celebrating the signing of the Declaration began one year later, on the 4th of July 1777, when three gunshots were fired in salute in Rhode Island.
Philadelphia also celebrated the first anniversary, with an official dinner, parades and fireworks.
They also decorated ships which sat in port with red, white and blue bunting.