But July 4, wasn't the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence they did that on July 2, And it wasn't the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence that was in June Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain that didn't happen until November Or the date it was signed that was August 2, The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, They'd been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.
July 4, , became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, was the date they remembered.
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In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. Many communities arrange fireworks that are often accompanied by patriotic music. The most impressive fireworks are shown on television.
Some employees use one or more of their vacation days to create a long weekend so that they can escape the heat at their favorite beach or vacation spot. Independence Day is a patriotic holiday for celebrating the positive aspects of the United States. Many politicians appear at public events to show their support for the history, heritage and people of their country.
The Declaration of Independence
Above all, people in the United States express and give thanks for the freedom and liberties fought by the first generation of many of today's Americans. The Statue of Liberty is a national monument that is associated with Independence Day. Independence Day is a federal holiday.
If July 4 is a Saturday, it is observed on Friday, July 3. If July 4 is a Sunday, it is observed on Monday, July 5. Government offices and schools are closed.
Some businesses may be closed as well. In some years, many employees use a proportion of their vacation days to create a long weekend. This can cause congestion in some places, particularly towards popular holiday destinations.
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There are many public events, parades, shows and fireworks displays. This may cause local disruption to traffic.
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Lost children should be taken to the first aid tent located along Piccard Dr. Drones are prohibited at the event site.
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Event Schedule Time Event 7 p. Mayor and Council Greeting p. National Anthem p. Stepanek Park will close for the event.