Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is the United States’ most cherished symbol of liberty. The political philosophy of the Declaration was not new; its ideals of individual liberty had already been expressed by John Locke and the Continental philosophers. What Jefferson did was to summarize this philosophy in “self-evident truths” and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify before the world the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country.
Independence Day is a federal holiday. If July 4 is a Saturday, it is observed on Friday, July 3. If July 4 is a Sunday, it is observed on Monday, July 5.
Government offices and schools are closed. Some businesses may be closed as well.
It’s a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks, and a reason to fly the American flag.
There are many public events, parades, shows and fireworks displays on the occasion. July 4 is also a day of family celebrations with picnics and barbecues, showing a great deal of emphasis on the American tradition of political freedom. Activities associated with the day include watermelon or hotdog eating competitions and sporting events, such as baseball games, three-legged races, swimming activities and tug-of-war games. Many people display the American flag outside their homes or buildings. Many communities arrange fireworks that are often accompanied by patriotic music.
Independence Day is a patriotic holiday for celebrating the positive aspects of the United States. Many politicians appear at public events to show their support for the history, heritage and people of their country. Above all, people in the United States express and give thanks for the freedom and liberties fought for by their ancestors.
On the 235th anniversary of American Independence and in the year marking the 131st anniversary of US-Romanian bilateral ties, the two countries have reached a new stage in their relations, having a solid strategic partnership and sealing earlier this year an agreement to deploy in Romania components of the US missile defense system in Europe. On this great day for the United States, ‘Nine O’Clock’ wishes all its American readers and the entire American Nation Happy Independence Day!