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The Celebration of the United States Declaration of Independence


The founders of the United States knew that the independence deserved to be celebrated. And if the manner of celebrating this day has evolved over time , the July 4th festivities have always been an important part of the life in the United States.

But Independence Day was not supposed to fall on 4 July.
In the spring of 1775, after more than ten years of agitation motivated by the policies of the British crown and the first battles of the Revolutionary War, the thirteen American colonies sent representatives to the First Continental Congress , held in Philadelphia. Following a lively debate on the question of whether to sever ties with Britain , the delegates declared themselves unanimously for independence July 2, 1776.
 
The next day, John Adams , who represented Massachusetts, wrote to his wife that this day should be " celebrated with great pomp , with parades , shows, games, sports, rifle shooting, bell sounds, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, now and forever . "

Many delegates feared that the vote for independence was not enough. They wanted to explain their decision to the world. Two days after the voting capital , the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence and circulated copies throughout the young country. The document was dated July 4 , and it is this day that kept the story to describe the independence of the United States.

Question celebrations, John Adams was right. Even the young nation fought to make independence a reality , July 4 was quickly marked by parades, concerts, dinners and fireworks. At the celebration held in Philadelphia in 1777 , we even saw one among musicians
group of German mercenaries from Hesse, once in the pay of Great Britain and had been taken prisoner the previous winter.

The next day, John Adams , who represented Massachusetts, wrote to his wife that this day should be " celebrated with great pomp , with parades , shows, games, sports, rifle shooting, bell sounds, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, now and forever . "Starting at military parades to mark the Independence Day will soon take a democratic turn. One that was held in Philadelphia in 1788 was more than a kilometer and a half long, with chariots drawn by horses and participation of workers of all kinds in proper uniforms .

Today , Americans commemorate July 4th with less fanfare , according to James Heintze , librarian at American University historian and retired today Independence Day .

Throughout the nineteenth century, he notes , the festivities were " noisy , rowdy same ." In fact , the noise was a mark of patriotism - boys with their firecrackers , miners with dynamite , cities with gun salutes throughout the afternoon .

A patriotic declamation by a notable of the city, for a period which could reach two hours, was a highlight of the commemoration of this event in 1800. "At the time , explains J. Heintze was the ' media event of the day. "

The Independence Day is also a chance that capture the Americans to express dissenting political opinions. In the years that led to the Civil War , the leaders of the anti- slavery movement organized events - typically on July 5 - to remind the people that freedom of promise of the revolution still escaped to African Americans . And from the beginning of the Civil War , the South American country ceased to celebrate July 4 , moved by a sense of loyalty to the Confederacy. In parts of the south , more than thirty -five years were to pass before the July 4th festivities will once again become the norm , says J. Heintze .

Today, most people mark the occasion as their ancestors did in the eighteenth century , with parades, picnics , neighborhood parties, outdoor concerts , sporting events and fireworks after nightfall. The offices of the government and many businesses are closed on July 4 , normally a paid holiday .

Today , July 4 is a privileged time to commit to the country , like the signers of the Declaration of Independence which promised in 1776 " our lives, our fortunes and our honor
sacred "for the independence of the United States. In many cities and historical sites , thousands of immigrants take an oath of allegiance to the US and acquire US citizenship Independence day .
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