241 years ago in 1776, thirteen colonies of America gave the big decision came together to build United States and also announced declaration of independence on July 4. Creating this new nation was the first step of a long way. In independence day there are variety of celebration organization which last all day. Fireworks, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, baseball games, fairs, concerts and political talks and ceremonies also visible around country and these all the well-known symbols of the Independence Day.
When thirteen colonies separated from Great Britain, they immediately came together in Second Continental Congress during American Revolution period and decided to declare their independency. Then, all of thirteen colonies created one nation which is United State. In first celebration year of Independence Day in 1777, thirteen gunshots fired to greeting at both morning and evening. Also, there were a regular dinner for political visitors, prayers for life of the new nation, music and troop review during all day. In next year, gunshots were changed with artillery by government. Beside changes in celebrations in 1870, United State Congress announced that Independence Day was considered an un paid holiday by federal government but after about 60 years in 1938, Congress rearrange its past decision and was accepted Independence Day as a paid holiday for all country.
Regarding customs and meaning of it, Independence Day a big mark for all American citizens about loyalty for America and patriotic bonds. Each on July 4, people came together to remember, honor and show others how this big country was established by ancestors. Also, because this day refers to summer, all kind of activities and events happen in outdoor, so many people attend and have fun in big are of festivals and carnivals. That is people often celebrate July 4 via organizing picnics or barbecues with their friends and families.
Moreover, they decorate their home and gardens with balloons, variety of cards, flags to live that day. When clocks show to evening, everyone already take their seats to watch big fireworks shows during night. During fireworks show, traditionally national anthem and variety of songs play to complete show such as God Bless America, Stars and Stripes Forever etc. In fireworks shows safety comes first; there are very strict rules to avoid any kind of terrible results during evening, so all features of fireworks regarding their size, power, genre etc. are determined and announced by government. Also, government shows the proper place to fire them.