Fourth of July is the common phrase for American Independence Day on the said date. The 4th of July is a federal (public) holiday which commemorates the United States Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain making them no longer part of the British Empire. This legal separation was approved by the Continental Congress on 4th July 1776, after a vote two days earlier, following over a year since the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. At midday at present on 4th July a single gun shot for each state is fired from any capable military base labelled a â€śsalute to the unionâ€ť.
Since this monumental day in American and British history celebrations have taken place to remember this special day. Parades, carnivals, ceremonies, baseball games, picnics, family reunions, political speeches and numerous other public and private events are held throughout the day and night as well as barbecues, fairs and of course fireworks.
This national holiday is marked with patriotic displays including eulogizes of the nations people, society, history, laws and heritage from politicians and other public figures. Other displays of patriotism included national anthems in accordance with fireworks and firework displays where some songs contain lyrics referencing the Revolutionary War. Decorations also reflect the nationalism theme with balloons, streamers, fireworks and clothing coloured blue, red and white. Fireworks and firework displays light up the sky all night as people gather together for this exceptional day.
Most of the celebrations take place outdoors and depending on when the date falls a long weekend is often made out of the occasion. If the date falls mid week major celebrations, including firework displays, may be held the previous or following weekend for convenience. Naturally the first week of July has become one of the busiest periods for travel and short breaks in America as people take advantage of the extended holiday.
Public commemorations such as parades and carnivals usually take place in the morning and the firework displays are at night. Firework displays are held in most states and this is the main custom that the British have adopted to add to their celebrations. Fireworks are sold in America for personal use, depending on the law of the individual state, as an alternative to a community firework show, however public firework displays are popular widespread.
4th July is one of the biggest days for fireworks and firework displays in America and in 2009 the largestfirework display in the country was held in New York City where over 22 tons of fireworks exploded in a spectacular firework show. Other significant firework displays are in Washington D.C. on the National Mall, in San Francisco over the San Francisco Bay, in Chicago on Lake Michigan, in San Diego over Mission Bay and in St. Louis on the Mississippi River.