Independence Day is around the corner. I remember growing up in Louisiana in the summer time and my cousins and I would dress up in red, white and blue. We coordinated everything around those colors so that we would look fly! Now, as a grown woman with a child, it’s time to pass down great memories to my son, so he too will know how to celebrate one of my favorite holidays.
Some people may see it as another day off work or just another day to have family gatherings and pop fireworks. I see it as an inclusive deal – a day to celebrate American independence, not having to work and be around my loved ones. America is one of the best countries to live in.
But, first, let us define what Independence Day really is. One of my favorite sites to visit is History.com. If you need to brush up on history facts, they have great, accurate information. Here’s how they summarized what Independence Day means:
[ap_tagline_box tag_box_style=”ap-all-border-box”] “Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.
The tradition of patriotic celebration became even more widespread after the War of 1812, in which the United States again faced Great Britain. In 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday; in 1941, the provision was expanded to grant a paid holiday to all federal employees. Over the years, the political importance of the holiday would decline, but Independence Day remained an important national holiday and a symbol of patriotism.”[/ap_tagline_box]
Now that we know what the 4th of July means, let’s get to the fun stuff – fireworks, family, food, parades, etc. I love Pinterest, they always have great ideas for every holiday. Here are some fun things to do – check out this “guide” I put together for you:
And let us not forget all the cool displays of red, white and blue. Check out my Pinterest board – it’s filled with creativity.
TAG ME! I know you guys plan on having the best time with your family. Don’t forget to snap images and record all the fun moments to make it memorable. Tag me in your photos on Instagram using the hashtags: #AmericanIndependence and #BlogXpressions.
If you have any ideas you’d like to share, please drop me a comment below and I’ll be sure to update this post.
Have a fun and safe holiday!
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