On July 4, 1976, one of the most important events in modern history occurred: the separation of the United States from the British Empire with the official signing of the Declaration of Independence document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present, the 4th of July generates a feeling of unity among North Americans, which is commemorated with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, concerts, family gatherings with barbecues, and numerous celebrations marked by the great cultural diversity of which we enjoy in this country. Today, we will talk about some representative events that have marked the history of the United States and that have occurred on July 4:
1) 1781: Massachusetts is the first state to officially recognize the celebration of Independence Day and make July 4 a holiday. Little by little, the other states of the country welcome the celebration.
2) 1826: The signers of the Declaration of Independence and founding fathers of the United States, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, died on the same day with only a difference of 5 hours, 50 years after the signing of the declaration.
3) 1884: On the occasion of the first centenary of the Declaration of Independence, France presents the United States with the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of friendship between the two countries. This sculpture is an emblem of freedom and democracy in the country.
4) 1976: The famous New York fireworks tradition of the 4th of July is born, when Walt Disney Productions prepares a pyrotechnics show to celebrate 200 years of Independence.
5) 1997: The American Mars Pathfinder spacecraft reached Mars. Thanks to this mission, NASA manages for the first time to complete an exploration landing on the red planet.
And how do you celebrate the 4th of July? We hope you have a Happy Independence Day!