Independence Day Traditions: Five Ways Americans Celebrate 4th of July
The actual birthdate of the American Republic was July 2, 1776, when delegates to the Continental Congress, meeting at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia, approved the resolution introduced on June 7, 1776 by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia calling for independence from Great Britain: “That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.”
Two days later, the body adopted the well-known Declaration of Independence, which justified the deed by “declaring the causes which impel them to the separation.”
Marking the remembrance of Independence Day with speeches, parades, music, and fireworks, colonial Americans began a tradition that largely continues to this day.
In celebration of Independence Day, Inlea would like to bring you five ways Americans celebrate the holiday.
Because who doesn’t love burgers, brats, hot dogs, and steak? Whether rain or shine, it is safe to bet there will be a grill burning in almost every neighbourhood in America on Independence Day. Whether they are shared with family, friends or neighbours, backyard barbecues and block parties are a perfect way to build community and celebrate independence.
- Watch Fireworks
Taking a trip to the local fireworks stand to pick up some sparklers, ground flowers and Roman candles is an American tradition. However, it seems that setting them off a week before the 4th of July is also a tradition.
- Hang the flag
While US military bases will celebrate Independence Day with a gun salute at noon, called the “salute to the union.” Troops will fire one gun for each state in the United States. But since gun salutes are frowned upon in almost all neighbourhoods, we’ll stick with suggesting you hang the American flag and consider the troops that have fought over the years for our continued freedom.
- Go to a Parade
From midnight parades to ones that happen at a more decent hour, Americans love parades. In good weather, small towns and large cities across America line the streets to see floats, horses, cheerleaders, military units, and marching bands pass by, often waving flags as participants hand out candy.
- Red, White and Blue Everything
We all know those certain shirts or pants that only come out on the 4th of July. Everyone is decked out in their best red, white and blue attire. Whether you have crazy red, white and blue socks that are a must for Independence Day or you have a pair of awesome overall’s that you’ve been saving just for this occasion…you’ll look rad.
So, whether you are lighting off fireworks, firing up the barbecue, spending time with friends, or in a parade, we at Inlea would like to wish you a Happy Independence Day.