About Independence Day
When is Independence Day?
Independence Day, the Fourth of July, is the National Day of the United States of America.
History of Independence Day
On July 4th 1776, the United States of America proclaimed its independence from England by signing the Declaration of Independence.
While the signing of the Declaration itself was not completed until August, the Fourth of July holiday is seen as the official anniversary of U.S. independence.
Although Philadelphians marked the first anniversary of independence in 1777 with spontaneous celebrations in the streets of Philadelphia, the first recorded use of the name "Independence Day" wasn't until 1791 and Independence Day celebrations only became common after the War of 1812.
By the 1870s, Independence Day had become the most important secular holiday on the American calendar and has transformed into what is known as the 4th of July today.
In 1870, The U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees, though it wasn't until 1941 that Congress declared Independence Day to be a paid federal holiday.
How is Independence Day celebrated?
Independence Day is the most patriotic and enthusiastically celebrated of all America's holidays. There will be parades, barbeques, picnics and fireworks throughout the country.
Test your Independence Day Knowledge!
This quiz will be a good test of your knowledge, but hopefully, you'll also find out some interesting information about independence. Our short video and page on Independence Day Facts will give you helpful hints to some of the questions.