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The Fourth of July is coming! Are you ready to celebrate Independence Day? It seems like everyone in the USA is looking forward to this great holiday, and not only because it’s summer. Without a doubt, Independence Day is one of the most important milestones in the history of the United States of America.
This holiday marks the birth of this great state and commemorates its independence from the British Empire. On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies of America, then at war with Britain, proclaimed their independence and adopted the Declaration of Independence. This document was drafted by Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers, and is now kept in the Rotunda of the National Archives Building.
How Did Independence Day Become a National Holiday?
Since 1938, July 4 has turned into a paid holiday celebrated nationwide with family reunions, parties, parades, and other events. Most people in America associate this day with barbecues, picnics, and baseball games. And, most importantly, the fireworks!
People all around the country look for the best places to watch spectacular firecrackers. On this day, holiday events are held at the White House on the South Lawn with government officials participating.
How Can Students Celebrate July 4?
So, how can students celebrate July 4 to make it a truly memorable day? The Typical Student team brainstormed some ideas for you:
#1 Do a BBQ or picnic with American or other foods
Bet, foodies will love this one. Want something different other than barbecue and hot dogs? An Independence Day without a good old barbecue is just not right! If you’re tired of the tradition, you can throw a picnic outdoors with an alternative set of foods. Why not try Philadelphia cheese-steaks, or German chocolate cake, or Cuban sandwiches? The choice is up to you!
#2 Cook dinner at home using recipes by American chefs
Ever heard of Julia Child? Or maybe, you already have your favorite chef? Anyway, you can google a few effortless recipes to cook a nice dinner for your parents and friends. They will absolutely love the idea!
#3 Throw a costume party
Independence Day is such a great excuse to throw a costume party! Just imagine your friends dressed as one of the founding fathers, or any other prominent American citizen. You can also hold a contest for best and worst dressed, or make the guests compete in whatever categories you can think of. Isn’t that fun?
#4 Hold a backyard or garage sale and donate to a good cause
This patriotic holiday can help you make a difference. Why don’t you hold a backyard sale to get rid of the stuff you don’t need? Afterward, you can donate the money earned to a good cause and feel like a real citizen of your country.
#5 Travel to a national landmark or place of historical interest
If you’re in the traveling mood, see what places of historical interest you could visit while on holiday. Please mind, national parks can be closed on holidays, but you might still be able to visit landmarks like a Native American reservation or any other iconic location in the USA.
#6 Pay tribute to army veterans and service members
If you enjoy charitable or volunteer activities, you can pay tribute to army vets and service members on the occasion of July 4. Here are just a few ways to do that right: collect items to donate to VA hospital, send a letter or a care package.
Hopefully, your Independence Day celebration will be a blast!
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