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About the Independence Day

The Fourth of July, otherwise known as Independence Day, has an interesting origin. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, signatories to the Declaration of Independence (approved on 04 July 1776) and future presidents of the United States, both died on the same day - July 04, 1826 - the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration.


Another future president who was also a founding father (but who did not sign the Declaration), James Monroe, died on July 04 ,1831.Only one president was born on 04 July - Calvin Coolidge.

As the U.S.A. is an aconfessional country with a relatively brief history, it was not easy to identify one day of the year as a national festivity. Therefore, 4 July was chosen for lack of a suitable alternative and in spite of irritating those who would have liked to preserve the union with Great Britain.

In recent times, now that there is no credible threat to the independence of the U.S.A., the Fourth of July continues to be celebrated and the first week of July in general is used to promote tourism, sports events, sales and for other commercial purposes as well as for festivities and celebrations.

In the Philippines, the Fourth of July is celebrated as the anniversary of independence from the U.S.A. and as Liberation Day in Rwanda, also with U.S. connotations.

Wrote by Paul Laurence Sweeney