Americans first declared independence from the British Crown in July, making this a special month in America.
The Most Patriotic Day of the Year
On July 4, Americans celebrate the birth of the United States. Some grill a special outdoor meal with family and friends. Others go to the beach to relax, swim, and play. Nearly everyone looks forward to dazzling fireworks. Some of the biggest celebrations include the incredible fireworks show in the New York City, the Boston Pops Firework Spectacular in Boston and A Capitol Fourth in Washington, D.C.
Fun Facts About the Declaration of Independence
America’s most treasured document was approved on July 4, 1776. Did you know…
- The Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4, but it wasn’t signed until August 2, 1776.
- It was signed by 56 people.
- Two of the signees became U.S. presidents – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Both leaders died on July 4, 1826 – exactly 50 years after the Declaration was approved.
- On the back of the Declaration, there’s a message written upside down.
When you are in Washington, D.C., visit the National Archives, where you can see this document, as well as the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
Be a Part of an American Tradition
Do you enjoy spending time outside and being close to nature? Volunteer.gov is a wonderful resource to find volunteer opportunities within national parks and other public lands in the U.S. Donating some of your free time to help preserve America’s natural heritage is a fun way to meet new people and give back.
Not Your Typical American Mall
The crowds at this mall aren’t shopping – they’re celebrating U.S. history. The National Mall is home to important historic sites, such as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the U.S. Capitol. War memorials such as the World War II Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorate the lives of fallen soldiers. The National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Castle, and other museums also are located in this incredible area. With so much to see, it’s no wonder that 24 million people visit the National Mall annually.