What is Independence Day and Why is July 4th Important?

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There’s bound to be a party in the US today (Picture: Getty)

Today – July 4th – is a well-known holiday Independence Day in USA.

There will be plenty of hype about the day across the pond – think fireworks and a plethora of Stars and Stripes – but not so much over here.

If you still think of the Will Smith movie when you hear the words “Independence Day,” here’s the story you need to know…

What is Independence Day?

Independence Day marks the date the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

This was a letter to King George III formally explaining why the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from the British Empire.

Midsection of girl with burning sparkler

It celebrates the land of the free and home of the brave. (Image: Getty)

With an indictment against King George III. should a revolt against the British be justified.

The main problems were taxes and lack of control over their affairs, and this declaration marked the start of a war of independence against the British.

Today, Independence Day is a nationwide celebration in the United States where loved ones gather to often enjoy barbecues, picnics, and parades.

Other typical activities include hot dog or watermelon eating contests, baseball games and fireworks.

Why is July 4th important in the US?

The intention is to celebrate the American tradition of political liberty and the liberty that the nation seeks to symbolize and embody to this day.

Burgers, BBQs and beers might be the order of the day if you have American friends or family (Image: Getty Images)

In the UK we don’t officially celebrate the 4th of July as this is obviously the day the US decided to leave the Empire.

However, as many Americans move here and many of us love to party for good reason, events are becoming more common.

So if you see some American flags waving around and hear the screams of Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA, be sure to wish them a Happy Fourth!

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Justin Scacco

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