4th of July
Happy birthday, America! On July 4, 1776, the United States became a separate and independent nation from Britain.
While July 4th is thought of as America's birthday, America didn't officially become a new nation on this day. The Declaration of Independence was written during June, and it was accepted by Congress on July 4th. However, it wasn't signed with the necessary 56 signatures until August.
On the 4th of July, you've probably seen all kinds of celebrations. There are parades with floats and marching bands, picnics, barbeques and fireworks. (Remember: Fireworks are very dangerous, so watch an adult handle them and be careful not to go too close.)
The food served on the 4th of July ranges from barbequed meats or veggies to pie… and almost anything else. For fun, you can have red, white and blue foods, such as strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream in honor of America's colors. The 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, is a fun family holiday for anyone and everyone.
Author: Katie Ransohoff, high school student writer