Every July 4, Americans come together to celebrate Independence Day or the nation's birthday. Most of us spend time with our families and friends, grilling out or spending the day at the beach. We are happy to wish all of you a happy 4th of July and share some tips on how to celebrate this year.
Independence Day Traditions
Most of us know the story of Independence Day. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of a resolution for independence from Britain. All 13 American colonies declared that they were no longer subordinate to King George III and were united as free states.
By the summer of 1776, Americans were already beginning to celebrate Independence Day. They would have mock funerals to symbolize the death of British rule. Americans would hold feasts and revel, and by 1785, parades began. Ever since, the 4th has been celebrated with fireworks, bonfires, and bells.
Throughout the U.S., everyone has their own way of celebrating July 4. Many people attend firework shows at night and parades during the day. Many people have family recipes for barbecue ribs, chicken, chili, and more summer-friendly foods. In places like Louisiana, you may see gumbo, and in Maine, you will enjoy lobster boils, where other places have various foods to enjoy. Independence Day really highlights food, family, and celebration.
This Year's Celebration
How will you celebrate Independence Day this year? Hawaii has a lot of fun experiences planned for families every year. Every year the Ala Moana Center celebrates the 4th of July with gift cards, concerts, discounts, and contests. Kaneohe Bay, Schofield Barracks and Pearl Harbor all have fireworks displays that the public is welcome to watch and enjoy.
When it comes to your own celebration, you can choose to celebrate however you want to. For example, you could host a backyard cookout for your family and friends. You can try new foods or fall back on classic hamburgers and hot dogs. Some people prefer to buy all of the food and others prefer potluck-style cookouts, where guests bring a dish or one to prepare.
Another classic way to celebrate is at the beach. Bring your family to the beach for a picnic and a day in the sun and sand. Fill your cooler with delicious treats, sandwiches, and drinks for the family to enjoy.
Independence Day Around the World
The U.S. is not the only country to have holidays similar to Independence Day. Some famous holidays around the world include:
• Bastille Day: Bastille Day is a French holiday celebrated on July 14 to remember the day French troops stormed and destroyed the Bastille.
• Philippines Independence Day: On June 12, the Philippines celebrates its independence from the Philippine Revolution against Spain.
• Yom Ha'atzmaut: Celebrated in Israel, the date depends on the day on which the fifth lyar falls. It is the celebration of Palestine's independence from the British Mandate.
• Fiestas Patrias: On July 28, Peru has a celebration of its independence from Spain.
• India's Independence Day: On August 15, India celebrates independence from the U.K.
• Gwangbokjeol: In South Korea, August 15 marks the anniversary of the Japanese occupation.
• Grito de Delores: For Mexico, September 16 is the anniversary of the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence.
No matter how you celebrate Independence Day, the goal is to have a good time and spend it with family and friends. We wish our fans a happy 4th of July! As we head into the second half of the year, Contact the Pediatric Dental Group to make sure your kids are up to date on their fluoride treatment to prevent cavities!