Celebrating American independence is a time for festivities, communities coming together and, of course, fireworks. One of the most recognizable days in American history is less than a month away, so here’s some Fourth of July history in preparation for Independence Day from us here at Steet Ponte Mazda.
The original 13 colonies declared their independence from the British Crown on July 4th, 1776, effectively founding the great nation we live in today. The United States wouldn’t be where it is today without their bravery to do what many British territories couldn’t or wouldn’t. Despite its long history of celebrations, though, the Fourth of July was only made a federal holiday in 1941.
Prior to becoming an official federal holiday, the Fourth of July was commemorated by private citizens every year. The first celebration was held in Philadelphia in 1777. The patriotic celebration picked up greatly following the War of 1812. In 1870, the federal government recognized July 4th as a holiday, but it wasn’t until 1941 that it became a holiday for federal employees.
Today, the Fourth of July is celebrated with social gatherings, patriotic festivities, American flags, and the national anthem. Communities around the nation put on fireworks displays that light up the night sky every year.