4th of July the US Independence Day

on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

This is the story of a country that grew out of colonialism and went on to become the acknowledged superpower of the whole world. The superpower status of the United States of America doesn’t comprise of merely the military aspect, in my eyes they have evolved as one of the strongest countries strategically, economically and as a nation. That is something the whole world needs to learn from them, Americans put their nation first and that is how countries prosper –this is something they deserve to be applauded for regardless of the reservations that some other countries and factions might have about their policies.

So the story begins as back in the 18th century when the Declaration of Independence was formally adopted by the people of America on the 4th of July 1776. This was a result of the American Revolution –one of the most studied revolutions in the world that spurred in the last half of the 18th century. Thirteen colonies of the British America wanted independence from the colonial regime of the Kingdom of Great Britain. Off the record, imagine; there was a time when the land we now know as America itself was a colony of the British Empire! Nevertheless, the thirteen colonies mentioned above joined hands in what we now recognize as the United States of America –the breaking down into 51 states came later.

History recalls that these colonies outright rejected the power of Great Britain’s Parliament stating that they had no present representation here and furthered their quest by expelling all their royal officials from the land. In the year 1775, some years after the actual movement sprouted, all the colonies had established their own Congresses though the British Crown was still officially recognized. But the British were evidently losing control, which was something they have never been fond of so troops were sent to reestablish Royal control over the colonies. The arrival of the royal army led to the famed American War of Independence that continued for the next eight years. Even though the Revolutionary War was still in full force with George Washington commanding the American troops, the people of the America-in-transition approved the Declaration of Independence in July 1776 –written by Thomas Jefferson, this document is regarded by the United States as the most important piece of paper written ever.

The approval of the Declaration of Independence was adopted as the official independence for America by the United Colonies, and 4th July was declared as the Independence Day commemorating the adoption. This day has been revered as a source of pride and patriotism among all the Americans from that day onwards. Treated as a federal holiday –a day to rejoice and remember the victory of Americans over the British Royal Dominion, 4th of July is celebrated with parades, fireworks, political speeches, reunions, concerts and carnivals –in short, it is the obvious day of all celebrations in the United State of America.

The fireworks depict immense joy at the same time when being a cardinal aspect of the Independence Day. Notably the fireworks usually held in Miami, Florida and New York City are worth their while. In 2009, the fireworks display in NYC was the largest in the nation taking up almost 22 tons of pyrotechnics! Usually accustomed as an outdoor event, many politicians take it upon themselves to deliver speeches commemorating the greatness of this event and the nation as a whole. There is a sense of heightened patriotism all over USA which means that people try and fill out everything in blue, white and red (to depict the American flag) and hoist flags wherever possible.  Just as any other country’s day of independence, the US independence day is never over without “The Star-Spangled Banner” which is the national anthem of United States of America as well as quite a few other national songs notably; “God Bless America”, “America the Beautiful” or “Stars and Stripes Forever”.

There are elements in the world that stand against America’s stance in quite a few matters, but those are debates for a different time. The independence of Americans from the British is probably one of the biggest events of the modern history and is of epitomic value in itself for the way that country has developed itself.

We wish America and Americans a very Happy Independence Day!

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