Independence Day 2018
In 2018, Independence Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, the 4th of July. It is also known more simply as ‘The Fourth of July’ or ‘July 4th.’ Unlike other Federal holidays, Independence Day has a fixed date every year, regardless of the day of the week it falls on.
When Do We Celebrate Independence Day?
Every year Independence Day is celebrated on July 4th, regardless of the day of the week. It is Federal holiday that can fall on any day of the week during any given year.
While other Federal holidays fall on certain days of the week during the given month, Independence Day occurs on the same date each year. Independence Day was first considered a Federal holiday in 1941, but Independence Day celebrations date back to the 18th century.
July 4th is marked as Independence Day in the U.S. because it is the date known for being the birth of the country’s independence, in 1776. July 4th, 1776 was the day that the 13 original colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, arguably the most important historical document in the country’s history. On this day, American colonists declared their freedom from England.
Why Do We Celebrate Independence Day?
Independence Day commemorates the day that America declared its independence. It sparked the American Revolutionary War, which eventually won Americans that freedom. We celebrate it today to remember where it is we came from.
Today, Independence Day is celebrated with parades, special events, barbeques, and fireworks. People don their patriotic colors and celebrate the country they love with music, food, family, and friends. Many people attend parades, then barbeque with family and friends; finishing off the night with red, white, and blue fireworks. There are hundreds of events that happen all over the country, to help citizens celebrate their freedom.
Independence Day is only a Federal holiday in the U.S. However, there are many countries all over the world that have holidays celebrating their independence. Austria and Belgium have ‘National Day,’ while Morocco and Finland have their own ‘Independence Day.’ Other cultures celebrate their own independence with memorials, services, parades, food, and fun.