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4th of July

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It takes place on the 4th of July and celebrates America's freedom. Welcome to watchmojo.com and today we'll be learning more about Independence Day. Independence Day is an American national holiday that celebrates the adoption of the formal Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. This landmark document decreed that the thirteen colonies were no longer part of the British Empire and had become independent states. The Declaration came about thanks to Richard Henry Lee of Virginia who proposed its creation. Founding Father John Adams advanced the idea of a manuscript and a committee of five, led by Chief Arthur Thoman Jefferson, composed the written draft. The final edited version of the Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4th. In it was one of the most famous sentences in the English language which outlined the belief system of this new country and became a cornerstone of American society. "We hope these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". Celebrations of American Independence have taken place since the adoption of the Declaration. Meanwhile the city of Philadelphia first laid the ground work for today's celebrations with fireworks, speeches, music, parades and displays of red, white and blue. Eventually, in 1938, the celebration became a paid federal holiday. Old traditions continue as well For example, at military bases, a fifty-gun salute is fired to commemorate the independence of each of the fifty states. Today Independence Day is a prominent summertime event marked by shows of patriotism, outdoor activities, and tributes. There are also parades in the morning and fireworks displays at night, plus the national anthem and other patriotic songs take centre stage. The holiday has become so popular the first week of July is the busiest time of the year for travel in the United States as Americans extend the long weekend to celebrate the birth of America and a defining moment in American history. If you are interested in learning more about important moments in American history be sure to tune in to watchmojo.com.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 26 seconds
Country: Spain
Language: English
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Producer: WatchMojo
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Posted by: pilarmham on Jul 3, 2013

American history and traditions.

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