The Declaration of Independence

Americans celebrate their country’s independence on July 4, also called Independence Day. On this date in 1776, the U.S. adopted the Declaration of Independence. The American colonies said that Great Britain no longer ruled them. This happened during the American Revolutionary War, which lasted until 1783.

Because it’s the middle of summer, many Fourth of July activities take place outdoors. These include parades, picnics, barbecues, and festivals. Families often gather for the holiday and the days before and after; it is a common time for vacations. Decorations feature the colors of the American flag: red, white, and blue. People display American flags at their homes and businesses. Many people wear t-shirts or other pieces of clothing with the flag on them.

Concerts featuring patriotic songs are common. Some of the most popular songs include “America the Beautiful”, “God Bless America”, and, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”.

One of the best-known Fourth of July traditions is fireworks. By 1776, fireworks had spread from China to Europe and were a part of many public celebrations. The American colonists adopted the tradition to celebrate their new country’s freedom from the British. Today, almost every town in the U.S. has a firework show on July 4.

Here in Nashville, we have a huge concert and firework display on the river. If you want to shoot your own fireworks, check the local laws first. In Davidson County, for example, individuals may not shoot fireworks.