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July 4th – Independence Day in America June 29, 2010

Posted by americanex in holidays, Uncategorized.

The 4th of July is a very big holiday in America. It is Independence Day, the day America adopted the Declaration of Independence. This is the day we celebrate our freedom, our democracy and our love for our country.

The story of America’s independence started many years ago with the American Revolutionary War. This is the war that the Amrican colonies fought against Great Britian. On July 2, 1776, America’s Congress voted to be formally separated from Great Britian.

The Declaration of Independence was discussed, revised and discussed some more by the Congress. Finally, on July 4th it was approved. This is the day we call “America’s birthday.”

It was a committe of five congressmen, led by Benjamine Franklin, that created the Declaration of Independence included. The Committee also inclued  Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Robert R. Livingston and Roger Sherman.

The 4th of July is a National Holiday. Most people do not have to work and most businesses are closed. Americans celebrate the day with parades, picnics, family gatherings, festivals and fireworks.

Some of the traditional food eaten at the many picnics include hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, fruit salad, corn on the cob, apple pie, ice cream, macaroni salad and baked beans. The hamburgers and hot dogs are cooked on a grill just like Ukrainians use to cook Bar B Q (shashleek).

Below are some pictures from parades and picnics with my family in America.

Everyone loves the 4th of July Parade in Fairport Harbor. This is a photo of my daughter Darcie watching the Parade.

The Parade always includes firetrucks and emergency squads (ambulances) from the local Fire Departments.

A Parade in America’s Capitol, Washington DC



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