There are a handful of very important holidays in the United States such as New Year’s, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and, of course, the Fourth of July. But do you know the reason why Americans celebrate July 4th? We’re here to tell you!

Back in the 18th century, the United States was ruled under the Kingdom of Great Britain. It all started when a group of people sailed across the ocean and “founded” what are now the states along the Eastern Coast. However, this group of settlers was unhappy about the stringent demands that the UK had, such as high taxes and unfair representation.

After deliberation, a group of these settlers decided to break free from Great Britain by writing the Declaration of Independence, which effectively made the colonies their own country (and the beginning of the United States). The Continental Congress, as they were called, declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the British monarchy and were now united and independent states. This was declared on July 4, 1776, and has been celebrated ever since. 

Now that we know a little bit of history, let’s find out how Americans celebrate this holiday. The biggest event is watching fireworks, which can be seen in any city, no matter how big or small they are. Families will also put on clothes with red, white, and blue, to symbolize the colors of the US flag. Finally, many people go out and make a picnic with their friends and families, or host a bar-be-que at home.

The President of the United States also celebrates, but in his own way: some previous presidents have held public rallies and events, while others celebrate at home with their families (or go on vacation!)

Are you celebrating July 4th this year? Let us know your plans!

Luda Berdnyk

Luda is originally from a tiny city in Ukraine, but moved to San Francisco, California, when she was a child and has lived there for 17+ years. Her interests include traveling, learning about (and trying food from) different countries, hiking, and exploring her city.
Luda Berdnyk
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