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Independence Day

Fourth of July fireworks behind the Washington Monument, 1986What is Independence Day?

Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday that honors the birth of American independence from Great Britain and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Learn more about the history behind Independence Day by clicking here.

When is Independence Day?

July 4 of each year. Because Independence Day is a federal holiday, it is observed on Friday, July 3 if the 4th falls on a Saturday or on Monday, July 5 if the 4th falls on a Sunday.

How do people celebrate Independence Day?

Government offices, schools and some stores and businesses close for the day. Fourth of July celebrations include firework displays, concerts, parades, barbecues and picnics, swimming, boating and other outdoor activities.

For fun and historical Fourth of July facts and safety regulations and tips regarding barbecues, boating, swimming and travel, click here.

Sources: usa.gov, history.com, timeanddate.com
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