The Fourth of July is an American holiday that commemorates that country’s independence from England.
The Fourth of July is a national holiday in the United States of America on which all units of government and many businesses are closed. America celebrates its independence from Great Britain on the Fourth of July because that was the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress. Thomas Jefferson is credited with authoring the majority of that document.
Many cities and municipalities celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks display. Perhaps the most famous fireworks display in on the National Mall in Washington DC, where tens of thousands gather to picnic and watch the fireworks after dark. New York’s fireworks celebration over the East River is the country’s largest. Boston also hosts a famous fireworks display near the Charles River accompanied by the sound of the Boston Pops. Chicago’s fireworks were traditionally on July 3 as part of the Taste of Chicago, but the display was canceled in 2011 for budgetary reasons. Parades are another common Fourth of July tradition in smaller towns.
Culinarily speaking, many people host cookouts or barbeques on the Fourth of July and create festive dishes that feature the signature colors of the United States: red, white and blue.Powered by Sidelines