INDEPENDENCE Day is officially underway as the 4th of July delivers the United States' main national day, marked by widespread celebrations across the entire country. What is the meaning behind the 4th of July?
Independence Day is the national day of the United States, recognising American tradition, government and the country’s rich history.
Celebrations on 4th of July are observed by Americans throughout the USA, and officially marks the birth of the United States as an independent nation.
To mark the occasion, Americans hold parties to set off fireworks and share food.
Traditionally, the federal holiday involves parades, as well as speeches from political figureheads such as the President.
Independence Day has its roots in the American revolutionary war, when the people of the United States colonies fought against oppressive British rule.
During the second year of the revolutionary war, on July 2 1776, 13 representatives from the North American colonies of the Kingdom of Great Britain voted for independence from the crown.
Two days following the vote, the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the United States of America came to be.
The Declaration of Independence document has since been held as America’s most significant national treasure, however it was not always treated well.