Fourth Of July: US Marks The Hard-Fought Battle Of Democracy With Pomp & Parade

Concerts and parties were plentiful. The music reflected the diversity of America's cultural traditions from jazz to country and classical to rock ‘n’ roll.

The Fourth of July is a community affair, often celebrated with neighbuorhood pool parties, contests, and barbecues.

Flags and fireworks fly high over celebrations at picnics and cookouts, reminding everyone of what John Adams called 'America’s great anniversary festival.'

The declaration was promulgated by a five-member committee headed by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams.

On July 4, 1776, the US Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence finally stamping the end of imperial rule and freeing 13 American colonies.

The US annually commemorates the Fourth of July as the day of Independence from the shackles of Britishers, making it the most important holiday in the calendar.

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