4th of July: Flag Waving, Firecrackers, and Patriotic Costumes
The 4th of July or Independence Day is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States. Almost every country in the world has an independence day. Ours happens to be on July 4th, where we can be a little wild, a little crazy, and have great fun. In 1776 our nation declared independence from Great Britain. It signaled an end to the Revolutionary War in which we were able to say that we were a country without British rule. Furthermore our founding fathers stated that we would have a democracy, one in which the people would control the nation rather than a monarch.
The revolution was won by the US, and talks resolved on July 2, 1776 through the Continental Congress that we would have total independence. It took two more days for the final approval to come through. There was a need to revise the Declaration of Independence to give it everything our leaders and people wanted. According to history the Declaration of Independence was actually signed on July 2, 1776. However, since the announcement didn’t come for two days, as well as final approval many believed that the 4th was the actual day Adams, Jefferson and others had signed the declaration.
The 4th of July is almost upon us again. We have two weeks to get our Independence Day costumes ready, fireworks procured, and barbeques to set up. If you are like many in the United States you have your own traditions when it comes to Uncle Sam costumes or 4th of July costumes.
Even Lady Liberty costumes make great 4th of July outfits for some of us. It is time one again to celebrate with stars, stripes and fireworks. You might consider going as our National Flag or designing a fireworks costume. John Adams costumes along with Abigail his wife are perfect for a couples’ costume.
Traditions differ around the United States. For example in Juneau Alaska celebrations actually begin on July 3rd. Residents set up parties, baseball games, and head downtown in the early evening to get a place to watch the fireworks. The streets are lined with cars, the docks filled with people, and at the stroke of midnight the first firework is released over the water. The celebration does not end with the fireworks, but instead begins with it. Everyone returns to downtown Juneau later that morning for a 9am parade, which starts in Juneau and works its way to Douglas, where more food, music, and entertainment is provided.
Other cities may offer a parade on the morning of July 4th, and then fireworks at 9 or 10pm that day. So whatever, your traditions are you have plenty of costumes to make the day special and fun!