Know more about America’s Independence Day – 4th of July

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The significance of this date lies in the fact that in 1776 on this day the country gained independence from Great Britain. The same was recognized later on the 3rd of September 1783. The constitution came up on 21st July 1788 and its current version was composed on 21st August 1959.

Till date the Day is celebrated as a national / federal holiday. Americans are known to organize various private events and public ones too on this day. Amongst the popular things to do are fireworks, participating in parades, arranging barbecues, having fun and frolic in picnics and group entertainments like fairs and carnivals. Enjoying at the baseball games and concerts are other choices. Many families reunite on this holiday and bond together.

Every years US welcomes millions of tourists from all over the globe. There are people for plan their holidays and business trips to the country. Most of the foreign nationals need to obtain a tourist visa in order to enter. Exemptions of this requirement are available to citizens of certain select countries. These selected countries are pre defined and come under the Visa Waiver Program which is legally run by the government. These visitors can travel with just ESTA visa authorization.

This day bring out aloud the patriotic fervor amongst its citizens. Since it falls in summer seasons number of ceremonies takes place outdoors. Federal courts and postal services also stay closed. All in all the theme of the day is to rejoice over the rich past, cultural heritage, history and society. The colors of the national flag i.e. white, red and blue seem to take over completely. Most of the decoration materials like the balloons and streamers are put up in these colors.

july 4The fireworks are often accompanied by music or songs that instill patriotism amongst the people; these are primarily the national anthem and other songs praising the nation like “Dixie”, “God Bless America”, “Yankee Doodle” etc. Fireworks shows are hosted largely at public levels and sometimes as personal. Some of the popular spots for this events are the National Mall, Lake Michigan, Mission Bay, St. Louis and San Francisco Bay etc.

As a tradition a gun salute is fired for each one of the states. This is also called the salute to the union. This is typically fired at noon and can be from any military base. Michigan hosts the Freedom Festival every year and is a treat for awesome fireworks displays. All in all it can be safely said that the first week on July is a great time to visit America. This is because sometimes 4th July might be in the middle of the week.


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