Why Do We Celebrate 4th of July?

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For many Americans, 4th of July celebrations include parades, BBQs, and fireworks. Amid all the festivities, some people still wonder, “Why do we celebrate the 4th of July?” This holiday involves fun festivities to honor the significance of the 4th of July and to celebrate our brave ancestors who fought in the American Revolution and gained our independence from Great Britain. 

Brief History

After the American Revolution, on July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of the colonies forming an independent nation. Two days later, the Continental Congress adopted and signed the Declaration of Independence, which Thomas Jefferson drafted. This event marked the birth of American independence and forever cemented the importance of the Fourth of July in our nation’s history. Independence Day has been a federal holiday since 1941.

Where to Celebrate

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All across the country, people come together at festivals, firework shows, or live entertainment to celebrate the holiday. Are you looking for some of the best places to celebrate the 4th of July? If you live near the East Coast, you’re in luck. Given this region’s key role in the American Revolution, most New Englanders know how to throw a Fourth of July celebration.

Here are some East Coast favorites:

  • Boston. Boston celebrates the birth of our nation by hosting Harborfest. The annual three- to five-day festival features live local entertainment, memorable reenactments, and breathtaking fireworks over Boston Harbor. 

  • New York City. It’s no surprise that the city that never sleeps goes all out for America’s birthday. Macy’s hosts an impressive annual fireworks display that lights up the night sky in beautiful colors. There are usually official viewing spots, and many restaurants and bars host viewing parties.

  • Washington, D.C. Where better to celebrate Independence Day than in our nation’s capital? Get in touch with your patriotic spirit by attending A Capitol Fourth live concert on the National Mall, which precedes the annual fireworks show.

Wondering what to do on July 4th if you’re on the West Coast? Here are some ideas:

  • Los Angeles. The Rose Bowl Stadium hosts the annual AmericaFest, with various holiday-themed activities and a magnificent fireworks display. 

  • San Francisco. Is there anything better than fireworks over the water? Enjoy a fun-filled day in San Fran, and finish your 4th watching the fiery colors explode over the bay—either from the shore or a fireworks cruise. 

  • Las Vegas. Celebrating the 4th on the Strip is something you’ll never forget. Several hotels along the Strip participate in a fireworks show for the whole area to see. There are a few casinos nearby that also host fireworks displays.

If you’re in the South, consider heading to one of these cities for celebrating the 4th of July: 

  • New Orleans. The Mississippi River is the perfect area for fireworks—so perfect, in fact, that New Orleans sets off two different displays from two barges on the river. You can even catch a ride on the Steamboat Natchez for the ultimate view. 

  • Nashville. One of the top music capitals in the world combines song and sizzle with the free Let Freedom Sing! concert Downtown and a beautiful fireworks display. 

For Midwesterners, check out these great Fourth of July celebrations: 

  • Chicago. Start your Fourth of July celebration by attending the Grant Park Music Festival at Millennium Park. Then, watch the annual fireworks display usually set off from Navy Pier. 

  • Minneapolis. Get active with the Red, White, and Boom four-mile, themed race. Later on, view a spectacular fireworks display from the Downtown Minneapolis waterfront.

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You can find fun events in all 50 states on the 4th of July, but sometimes the best way to celebrate is right from your own home. Break out the cool new gadgets for your grill, set up the perfect outdoor lighting to make your yard cozy and comfortable, and invite your closest friends. It’s a great way to appreciate the freedoms our ancestors fought for. 

Are you looking for more ways to ring in the summertime in addition to celebrating the 4th of July? Make your backyard the ultimate hangout of the neighborhood with these creative patio designs for your next pool party. We also have summer safety tips to ensure everyone has fun and stays safe. 

Happy Birthday, America, from all of us at American Home Shield®!

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