Happy Independence Day!
What is Independence Day?
Independence Day, the Fourth of July, is the National Day of the United States of America. It is a federal holiday and also a holiday in all 50 states and other US territories on July 4th.
History of Independence Day
On July 4th 1776, the United States of America proclaimed its independence from England by signing the Declaration of Independence. While the signing of the Declaration itself was not completed until August, the Fourth of July holiday is seen as the official anniversary of U.S. independence.
Although Philadelphians marked the first anniversary of independence in 1777 with spontaneous celebrations in the streets of Philadelphia, the first recorded use of the name "Independence Day" wasn't until 1791 and Independence Day celebrations only became common after the War of 1812.