But did you know that July 4, 1776 wasn't the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence? They declared independence on July 2, 1776. July 4, 1776 was the day the final wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved.
It took almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, that Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday.
Did you also know that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826. This may have even helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated.
July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the copy was signed in August. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.
Today marks 228 years of United States independence. Americans celebrate by having picnics and playing a variety of games. Some common foods include hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, apple pie, and cole slaw. A freshly brewed pitcher of ice tea to quench everyone's thirst. Throughout the years many cultures have incorporated their traditional foods and drinks to celebrate the USA.
The day is usually culminated with fireworks. Some of the famous fireworks occur in New York City, which is the nation's largest put forth by Macy's. More than 1,600 shells are launched per minute during the 25-minute display over the East River. Other major fireworks shows include those in Chicago on Lake Michigan and in San Francisco over the San Francisco Bay.
Enjoy your celebration of the Fourth of July with your family and friend and be sure to be safe. Drink your favorite cup of "TARMly" brewed ice tea. Remember feeling good starts from within. Cheers to your health and our wonderful country.
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