All About American Independence Day
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What is it? 4 July is the most significant national holiday in the United States. It celebrates the Declaration of Independence, adopted on 4 July, 1776 What's the story behind it? The original United States of America was made up of a collection of East Coast states known as the Thirteen Colonies. These mainly agricultural colonies were run by the British In 1775, a war of independence against Britain was declared The next year, the Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 representatives of thirteen self-styled states How has the government marked it? In 1938 it became a paid holiday across the country. How do people celebrate it today? Firework displays and parties are the most well-known activities associated with Independence Day. All major cities have fireworks displays

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