It’s a day that is celebrated all over the world with fireworks, parties, food and copious amounts of alcohol. But why is the fourth of July such an important day for not only Americans, but people of all nationalities across the globe? Here are four reasons why the fourth of July is such a celebrated occasion –
1. Commemorates the day of American independence
Fourth of July celebrations commemorate the date of 4 July 1776, where the Second Continental Congress approved the American Declaration of Independence. The Declaration is a formal, legal document that explained why thirteen original colonies that once made up North America desired to leave the British Empire and form their own nation.
Not only did North America become their own nation, but they also affirmed the fundamental rights of all citizens, including that all men would be entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
2. Celebrates patriotism and all that it means to be American!
The Fourth of July is a day that allows all Americans to celebrate the forming of their nation and development of American culture. The day also allows non-Americans to celebrate all things American, like apple pie, baseball and the NFL. The wide spread of celebration for the Fourth of July also demonstrates the dominance of North America as a world leader in popular culture, politics and business. There’s no better way to celebrate than with family, friends, food and fun!
3. Highlights inequity amongst society
The Fourth of July is a day that marks the independence of America as a nation, however more recently this day has highlighted the injustices that occur within society. It is important to note that whilst America has been founded on virtues of freedom, liberty and equality, this still did not occur for all social groups (including women and people of ethnic decent) for many years to come. This inequality and lack of freedom still occurs in some minority groups (such as members of the LGBTI community) today, both directly and indirectly.
4. Another excuse to celebrate!
Not only is the day a fantastic opportunity to celebrate with family, friends, food and fun – Americans also get a public holiday (score!)
Happy Fourth of July ya’ll!