America’s Remarkable Patriotic Holiday, Independence Day
In awe of the brilliant colored firework displays as the crowds looked up at the night skies. The explosion of colors splashed across the vast skies was breathtaking. The booms from the fireworks were heard from miles away. There are many amazing firework displays locally. The excited fans come from miles away to flock to their favorite spot to sit to get the best possible view of this extraordinary light show. The New York State Fairgrounds puts on a firework display for many thousands in celebration of the Fourth of July which is the one of the largest in the area.
When the initial battles in the Revolutionary war broke out in 1775, in April, few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were at that time considered radical. But by the middle of the next year many more came to favor their independence due to a growing hostility against Britain. On June 7, when the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House, later known as Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee Introduced a motion which called for the colonies’ independence. Extreme heated debates followed which caused the vote to be postponed. Then a five-man committee-which included Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin and Robert Livingston of New York drafted a formal statement justifying the break with Great Britain.
Here are a few fun and Interesting facts about our history. The Declaration of Independence was signed in the year 1776. This meant a justified revolt against the British. On that day the world was changed. The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men representing 13 colonies. Several countries utilized the Declaration of Independence as a beacon in their own battles for freedom. Yankee Doodle a song one of several patriotic songs is well-known in the United States. We have continued to grow in numbers nearly 2.5 million people in the newly independent U.S. in 1776. Over 311.7 million Americans will celebrate the Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July. Also a rather bizarre bit of information three U.S. presidents died on the Fourth of July within just a few hours of each other.
The tradition of patriotic celebration became even more widespread after the war of 1812, when once again the United States faced Great Britain. In 1870, he U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal Holiday, in 1941 the provision was expanded granting a paid holiday to all federal employees. Through the years, the political importance of the holiday declined, but Independence Day remained an important national holiday and a symbol of patriotism.
Where you aware that New York City has the largest fireworks display in the United States? Firework displays are one of the most important and most exciting entertainments on the Fourth of July bringing in hundreds of thousands of people. Fireworks take many forms to produce the four primary effects: noise, light, smoke and floating materials for example confetti. They may be designed to burn with flames and sparks of many colors, typically red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, silver and gold. Displays are tradition throughout the world and are the focal point of many cultural ceremonies.
In the Pre-Revolutionary years colonists held yearly celebrations of the King’s birthday which holding to heritage included the ringing of bells, bonfires, processions as well as speeches. Today we celebrate the birth of America, Independence Day with traditional festivities that range from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. The most familiar symbol of the holiday is the flying of the American flag. Many times the song “The Star-Spangled Banner,” our National Anthem of the United States is played.
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