Friday, 4 July 2014

Happy 4th July - American Independence Day!

4th July

Today is Independence Day in the United States of America, which marks the anniversary of the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress — July 4, 1776. That means that this year — 2014 — marks America's 238th birthday.

The Declaration of Independence was the official announcement that America would no longer be ruled by the monarch of Great Britain.

On July 4, 1777, the night sky of Philadelphia lit up with the blaze of bonfires. Candles illuminated the windows of houses and public buildings.  Church bells rang out load, and cannons were shot from ships breaking the silence.  The city was celebrating the first anniversary of the founding of the United States.

The Fourth of July quickly became an annual date for celebrating and is the main patriotic holiday for the whole nation.  The famous Star Spangled Banner, America's national flag, can be seen flying proudly through cities all over the USA, people march in parades and there are huge fireworks displays, as well as traditional family dinners and neighbourhood parties.

The United States, due to its vast continental stretch, hosts the most native English language speakers in the world, as well as being home to many immigrants who have learnt English as a second language.

Today at school, we are spending a little time learning about this important holiday for our American cousins.




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