In the spring of 1775, after more than a decade of turmoil against English policies, the 13 American colonies sent representatives to the first Continental Congress held in Philadelphia. After much debate about cutting ties with Britain, the representatives voted unanimously for independence on July 2, 1776.
The next day, in a letter to his wife, the representative of Massachusetts, John Adams, said that the date “should be solemn with pomp and parades, with demonstrations, games, sports, rifles, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one to another border of this continent from now on and forever and ever. ”
Thus, two days after his important vote, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence and sent copies to the entire country. The declaration was dated July 4, which the new nation adopted as Independence Day. Adams was right about how the American people would celebrate it. Even as the new country struggled to make independence a reality, on July 4 it was quickly characterized by parades, concerts, meals, and fireworks.
These are some current customs of July 4 in the United States.
Independence Day is a national holiday marked by patriotic exhibitions. Similar to other summer festivities, Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors. Independence Day is a federal holiday, so all non-essential federal institutions (such as the postal service and federal courts) are closed on that day. Many politicians take advantage of this day to appear at a public event and praise the nation’s heritage, laws, history, society, and people.
Families celebrate Independence Day by receiving or attending a picnic and taking advantage of the day off. In some years it falls as a long weekend and time are used to reconnect with relatives. Decorations (balloons, flags, and clothing) are usually colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the flag of the United States. Parades usually occur in the morning, while fireworks occur in the evening or at night in places such as parks, amusement parks, beaches or plazas.
From Clínica Las Mercedes we wish you a Happy Independence Day.
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