ūüéÜ Independence Day in the United States is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were now independent states, and no longer a part of the BritishEmpire.

July 4th is not actually the day that the United States declared independence from Great Britain. The Second Continental Congress actually voted to approve the Declaration of Independence onJuly 2nd. July 4th is the day that the Congress officially adopted the Declaration ofIndependence.

Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776. The Declaration of Independence was read aloud to a crowd of people gathered at Independence Hall. There wasalso a 13-gun salute, which was fired in honor of the thirteen colonies.

In the years that followed, Independence Day was celebrated in cities and towns across the United States. Some of the celebrations were quite elaborate, with parades, speeches, and fireworks. Today, Independence Day is still celebrated with pomp and circumstance. Many peopletake the day off from work and spend time with family and friends. Barbecues and picnics arecommon, and fireworks are often part of the festivities.

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