Celebrating the Fourth of July
The Fourth of July was just a few days ago, so it is a good opportunity for me to explain how it is celebrated.
The Fourth of July is the United States of America’s independence day. This day was chosen because it is the date when the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776, announcing the independence of the American colonies from Great Britain.
The Fourth of July is the biggest summer holiday in the USA and is celebrated in many ways. The imagery of the holiday is patriotic and often includes the American flag, the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam, and the bald eagle.
Many families have cookouts where they grill hotdogs and hamburgers. Cakes are often decorated in the colors of the American flag: red, white, and blue.
Radio stations play patriotic music. Towns have parades with marching bands. The holiday is also a chance to thank the military and remember the soldiers that have died while fighting for our country.
Fireworks are an essential part of the celebration. Many people play with their own fireworks, but I personally find this a bit too dangerous.
Most cities have a professional fireworks display in the evening. I live in a small town but there is a wealthy family that throws a Fourth of July party every year that includes a fireworks display. This year I went to my brother’s house and watched those fireworks from his backyard because he lives near them.
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This is David B. Thanks for listening!