July 3, 2012 •
What to the American is the 4th of July?
Dressed in red, white and blue attire, eager patriots flood the streets of their hometowns and cities, celebrating with music, food and family. Some set up chairs and spread out blankets in the grass to watch the dazzling fireworks light up the sky. Others enjoy a family cookout and play music, or munch on cotton candy while exploring a local carnival.
Although Americans celebrate the 4th of July in many different ways, it is important to commemorate the past and understand the significance of this special day in our country’s history.
It has been 236 years since five courageous men collaborated to form the Declaration of Independence for the 13 American colonies. On July 4, 1776, Congress approved this document crafted by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston.
The 4th of July reminds Americans of the great measures the Founding Fathers took to gain independence from Great Britain. This day in history symbolizes the creation of the unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, thus allowing Americans to live in a land of opportunity and freedom.
From patriots to political figures, many Americans take part in the festivities of the 4th of July. Washington, DC., hosts an Independence Day Parade along Constitution Avenue beginning at 11:45 a.m. The White House Visitor Center features family activities including games, crafts and other events during the day. President Obama, along with his family, joins the community and commemorates the 4th of July at the White House with celebrations, food and friends.
Here in Akron, the community comes together to provide holiday festivities on behalf of the Downtown Akron Partnership. Lock 3 hosts Akron’s National Rib Fest beginning on July 2nd to kick off Independence Day with a selection of tasty foods. A Fireworks Finale on the 4th at 9:50 p.m. concludes the evening.
No matter where you are on the 4th of July, as you celebrate in your own way, know that Americans across the country are watching fireworks and remembering the history that brought us together as a Nation.
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