Published October 24, 2007 by
In school we are all taught about the importance of the Fourth of July and why we celebrate it. America celebrates July 4 as Independence Day because it was on July 4, 1776, that members of the Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, adopted the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. Following its adoption, the Declaration was read to the public in various American cities. Whenever they heard it, patriots erupted in cheers and celebrations. Today Americans celebrate that freedom and independence with barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings. Here are some other interesting facts about Fourth of July celebrations and things surrounding this important day in history.
Many people hang flags in honor of this celebration, but did you know that the United States Flag Code stipulates that as the symbol of a living country, the flag is considered in itself a living thing and should be properly displayed and cared for. The code outlines the proper ways to display the American flag. There are actually more than thirty rules and regulations as to where, how and when the flag should be displayed. Here are just a few:
John Adams wrote that the Fourth of July "...ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other..." And that's what we do each year on the Fourth of July.