Independence Day, also called the Fourth of July, is the most important patriotic holiday in the United States. It celebrates the date when the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress: July 4, 1776.
Independence Day was first observed in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was first publicly read. One of its most famous paragraphs says:
"We hold 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 - That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving
their just Powers from the Consent of th Governed."
The Fourth of July is a summer holiday and a day off from work. That´s
why many people enjoy this holiday by going on picnics or to beaches. Independence Day is also celebrated with firework displays and parades. The American flag is flown and red, white, and blue ribbons are used for decoration at public ceremonies. Throughout the nation, church bells ring to celebrate the day when Philadelphia Liberty Bell first proclaimed American Independence.