Celebrating Independence Day


The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence, which was signed on July 4, 1776. The Declaration of Independence was a formal statement written by Thomas Jefferson and adopted by the Continental Congress, declaring that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to British rule and were now independent states.

The 4th of July is a day of national celebration, with parades, fireworks, barbecues, and other festivities taking place across the country. It is a time for Americans to reflect on their history, their independence, and their shared values.

Significance of the 4th of July

The 4th of July is a day to celebrate the birth of the United States of America. It is a day to remember the sacrifices made by the Founding Fathers and the brave men and women who have served in the military to protect our freedom. It is also a day to celebrate the values of liberty, equality, and democracy that are enshrined in the Declaration of Independence.

A Nation’s Story

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a keynote address at an Independence Day celebration and asked, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Douglass was a powerful orator, often traveling six months out of the year to give lectures on abolition. His speech, given at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, was held at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, New York. It was a scathing speech in which Douglass stated, “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine, You may rejoice, I must mourn.” For the full speech, click HERE.

Cultural Celebration of the 4th of July

The 4th of July is a day for Americans to come together and celebrate their shared heritage. It is a day to enjoy the company of family and friends, to eat good food, and to watch fireworks. Although much has changed since Douglas wrote his scathing Keynote about the state of Black America in the celebration of Independence Day, the mention of “Black jobs” by former president Trump who is seeking another term as president, speaks of the blatant racism and discrimination that still plagues the nation, and that our work is incomplete in bringing about an America where all her people are truly free and treated justly. 

Some of the most popular 4th of July traditions include:

  • Parades: Parades are held in cities and towns across the country on the 4th of July. Parades typically feature floats, marching bands, and other performers.
  • Fireworks: Fireworks are a staple of 4th of July celebrations. Fireworks displays are held in cities and towns across the country on the night of July 4th.
  • Barbecues: Barbecues are a popular way to celebrate the 4th of July with family and friends. Barbecued foods such as hamburgers, hot dogs, and ribs are often served at 4th

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