Celebrating Freedom: United States Independence Day

The United States Independence Day is referred to as the Fourth of July. It is a federal holiday in the US commemorating the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, on July 4, 1776. It’s the day when the United States of America was declared as a new nation and was no longer part of the British Empire.

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Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were the Founding Fathers of Independence Day and signers of the Declaration of Independence. John Adams later served as the second President of the United States while Thomas Jefferson served as the third President. Coincidentally, both of them died on the 50th celebration of Independence Day, on July 4, 1826.

The celebration of Independence Day is marked with extravagant displays of fireworks, parades, carnivals, fairs, concerts, old fashioned picnics and barbecues, family reunions, lots of outdoor activities, political speeches and ceremonies. Since this is a national holiday, most families gather for a long weekend vacation.

One of the most famous activities during this day is the Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest in Brooklyn, New York. Anyone who eats the most hotdogs and buns in 10 minutes will be declared as the winner and will take home the prize money and the Mustard Belt. Joey Chestnut of San Jose, California, has won the title nine times (2007-2014 and 2016) and also holds the world record for eating 73 hot dogs. Miki Sudo from New York is the current title holder for the women. In 2016, she won the title by eating 38.5 hot dogs.

An Independence Day celebration will not be complete without a grand fireworks display. In 2009, New York City had the largest fireworks display in the country, with more than 22 tons of pyrotechnics exploded. Major displays are held in New York on the East River, in Chicago on Lake Michigan; in San Diego over Mission Bay; in Boston on the Charles River; in St. Louis on the Mississippi River; in San Francisco over the San Francisco Bay; and at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The whole world is surely excited for what the United States of America has prepared for its next celebration of their independence.


13 thoughts on “Celebrating Freedom: United States Independence Day”

  1. Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays! It is so much fun to hang out with friends, spend time outside and we always end up barbecuing! I didn’t know about the hot dog eating contest, that’s a cool fun fact.

  2. Fourth of July is such a fun holiday. I love fireworks and food and hey it’s in the summer. This year I’m abroad so I won’t be celebrating 🙁 maybe I’ll make a hot dog that day lol

  3. The Fourth of July was always a holiday I enjoyed immensely as a child. It was a time of family, food, and of course…FIREWORKS! Great post with interesting information!

  4. Independence Day is such a grateful day to celebrate with family and friends. The best part is the fireworks, I remember last year. Can’t wait for fireworks for this year.

  5. The forth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. When the kids were little, we loved going to the fireworks. Now that it’s just my husband and I, we always host a neighborhood BBQ. It’s fun to do a little red, white & blue decorating and make a colorful dessert. x

  6. I love Fourth of July for one reason “The fireworks display”
    I’m still a child when it comes to this celebration and fireworks. Nice video btw

  7. the 4th is always fun and a great day in History (an important one at that!) My kids are pumped about the fireworks, hope the rain holds off (of course it’s suppose to rain and storm that day in MN!)
    thanks for the brief history reminder 😉

  8. Happy 4th of July! It looks like a fun holiday to celebrate there in the US. One thing I can’t forget though is the 38.5 hotdogs title holder – I cannot for the life of me figure out how one can eat that MUCH!

  9. Although I don’t celebrate the 4th of july this post makes it look very fun and engaging! I also like the fact that its a celebration in order to remember a momentous occasion! it’s tradition and I like it!

  10. Looks like you had a wonderful 4th July! I was in NYC during Independence Day last year and saw fireworks! That was an ultimate experience! Though I have never heard of Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest in Brooklyn! Sounds like a great event!

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