The One With The Reason Why We Celebrate The 4th Of July

We are skipping our usual mommy-interviews this week in honor of The 4th Of July holiday celebration. We want to take a few minuets to talk about why we celebrate the 4th each year. 

In honor of our holiday coming up this week, on the 4th to be exact, we wanted to hone in and talk about what actually makes The 4th Of July such a special day. Many families + friends take trips or host a BBQ or go to parties + parades and always end the night with fireworks- but why? 

 

 

1. Why do we celebrate the 4th Of July? 
We celebrate The American Independence Day on the 4th of July every year.

Americans recognize July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.  

2. Who did we claim our independence from?
Great Britain.
At the time, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from Great Britain.
 
3. Who are the Founding Fathers of the United States (the people who led the American Revolution against the Kingdom of Great Britain)?

John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington

 
4. Why do we celebrate with parades, BBQs and fireworks? 

Historians believed it all happened in a letter John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail. One day before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Adams wrote to her that July 4th should be recognized “with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one End of this Continent to the other from this time forward forever more.” And by 1777, when the United States celebrated its first birthday, Boston and Philadelphia, where Adams lived and worked, respectively, both lit up the night with fireworks displays.

 

So, now that you had your Monday-morning history refresher, you know that we gained our Independence from Great Britain. You can thank our founding fathers for leading us through the American Revolution and you can thank our 2nd President of the United States, John Adams, for writing such a monumental note to his wife which led the tradition we still follow today. 

Enjoy the 4th with your family + friends. Thank everyone you see who served in the service- they risked their own life so you didn't have to worry about yours. And, (almost above all else) please do not drink + drive under any circumstance during your holiday festivities. 

 

 

Bold stripes. Bright starts. Braves hearts. 
 

 


1 comment

  • Glad to see you are honoring those you helped with our Indepence! What a great place we live!

    Jane McCormick

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