18. July Fourth
July Fourth is the birthday of the
United States. It is a national holiday. Another name for July Fourth is
Independence Day. We celebrate July Fourth as Independence Day because on July
4, 1776, the original thirteen colonies declared their independence from
Before 1776, the King of England ruled
the thirteen colonies in America. The colonists were angry with the King
because of taxes. They wanted their independence from England. A war started in
1775 between the colonists and soldiers from England. The colonists won the
war. They wanted to say why they wanted their independence or freedom from
England. So they chose Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of
On July 4, 1776, the leaders of the
colonies signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
It said that all people were equal and had the right to live in freedom. A new
nation was born. People rang bells and fired guns for the birth of the United
States of America.
Today, we celebrate July Fourth in many
different ways. During the day, many people get together with friends and
family members for picnics. Many cities have parades with bands in the streets.
At night there are noisy fireworks. These beautiful fireworks of different
colors light up the sky all across the country.