The Fourth of July holiday is based on the signing of the Declaration Of Independence. The historic document officially established the original 13 American states as a separate entity from the British Parliament on July 4, 1776. Many Americans celebrate the birthday of the United States by flying American flags, having family gatherings, barbecues, and of course, fireworks.
The first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence speaks of America’s founding fathers defining the need for the protection of basic human rights. The text explains rights based on their understanding of what they called the “Laws of Nature” or “Nature’s God.”
“When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation,” said the first paragraph of the document.
A lot has changed in America since its first year as an independent entity. In 1776 the population of the United States only consisted of about 2.5 million people. Now that population would define a small metropolitan area. Today the nation is home to an estimated 309.6 million people with cultural backgrounds that extend to almost every nation in the world.
Today cities across the nation celebrate by setting off massive fireworks displays.
Here is a look at this year’s celebrations from around the nation.