American Independence Day: What is it and why is it celebrated?
Today marks the 240th Independence Day in the USA, and Americans are currently going all out celebrating with food, laughter and good old love of all things involving freedom.
Have you ever wondered exactly why this day is held so dearly by Americans? Or what actually happened 240 years ago that is still important to the American identity today?
Luckily we’ve put together a handy guide explaining all you ever need to know about the greatness that is American Independence Day,.
What is it?
July 4th is known as Independence Day in the USA and it is a federal holiday celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
What are the origins?
On July 4th 1776 The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress.
This was a letter sent to King George III formally explaining why the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from the British Empire.
It was intended to justify a revolt against the British with a list of charges against King George III.
The main issue was taxation and a lack of control over their affairs, and this declaration marked the beginning of war against the British.