Independence Day, also commonly referred to as the Fourth of July, is the national day of the United States of America. It is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
On that date, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration, setting the 13 colonies on the road to becoming a sovereign, democratic nation. As always, this holiday will be marked with red, white and blue decorations, displays of the national flag, fireworks, parades, and backyard barbecues across the country, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.
[Source: U.S. Department of State]
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