Independence Day

George Washington crossing the Delaware River, December 25, 1776, Currier & Ives, Lithograph

Independence Day

2 minutes

Glasshouse Images vintage and contemporary images

Celebrating the Fourth of July

The Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson and adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776, proclaimed the colonies' independence and set forth a vision of a new nation based on the principles of democracy and freedom. The first Independence Day was celebrated on July 4th, 1777, with parades, speeches, and fireworks.


Independence Day holds profound significance, not only as a historical event but as a symbol of our collective spirit and resilience. It serves as a reminder of the unwavering determination of our founding fathers and the countless patriots who have fought and sacrificed to protect the ideals upon which our great nation was built.


Independence Day is also a time to reflect on the values that unite us as a diverse and vibrant nation. Our country is a tapestry of cultures, languages, and traditions, woven together by a shared belief in the principles of democracy, justice, and equality. It is a day to celebrate the rich diversity that defines us and to embrace the ideals of inclusivity and understanding.