The United States celebrates its 242nd anniversary of the independence day of USA on July 4. It is a party that is made, as is customary in the US, in a big way. Absolutely all the cities of the country organize parades, memorial acts, and fireworks. This year our students who are taking an English course in the United States will be able to enjoy the festivity in its entire splendor. Let’s focus on History first to know how it all started:
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Why is it celebrated on July 4 in the US?
To find the origin of this celebration, we have to climb the Delran and travel in time until the spring of 1775. In the English colonies of North America had reigned for more than a decade a hectic climate against the policies of the Kingdom of Great Britain and already began to fight the first battles of the War of Independence that lasted until 1783.
In that spring, the representatives of the 13 American colonies debated at the first Continental Congress held in Philadelphia to end their relationship with Britain. Unanimously, independence was declared on July 2, 1776.
Although independence was decided on day 2, it was not until two days later when the Declaration of Independence was approved and signed, dated July 4, 1776. The representative of Massachusetts, John Adams, said that the date “it had to be solemn with pomp and parades, with demonstrations, games, sports, rifles, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of the continent to the other from now on and forevermore. ” Is why, although the new country was immersed in war years until it ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783, quickly became popular during the 4th of July parades, concerts, food and fireworks on the occasion from the celebration to today’s date.
Customs and curiosities of the 4th of July
Within the number of activities that are celebrated in all the States, the 4th of July could be summarized in 3 words: fireworks, food, and parades. All this united under a common element: the symbols of American patriotism.
Although symbols such as the flag are omnipresent throughout the year wherever you go, on July 4 the presence of the bars and stars is something out of the ordinary. Everyone takes their flags to the streets and the premise seems clear: the more you carry the better. People dress up and down with red-blue-white colors and, if that were not enough, they incorporate thousands of accessories to their outlandish outfits: hats, glasses, necklaces, combs, bracelets, face painting … Anything is always good that incorporate the colors of Old Glory.
But the flag is not only present in the parades, but also in another very important part of the celebration: the meals. The most typical is to make a good barbecue and eat grilled meat, potato salads, corn cobs, watermelon. All served, of course, on a table with tablecloth, napkins, and dishes with American colors.
During the 4th of July, you cannot miss the parades. The most famous is held at 12 in the morning in the capital, Washington DC. Musical bands, car roar, and the army are the protagonists of the parade that runs through several of the main streets of the city to finish on Constitution Avenue. There are also numerous sporting events throughout the country, such as baseball games, car races or American rodeos, as well as musical concerts.
In addition, many contests are also held during this date, each one rarer than the previous one. But undoubtedly, the most famous of all is the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, held in Coney Island, south of Brooklyn. This contest rewards the human capable of eating more hot dogs in 10 minutes. I’m sure you’ve ever seen it on TV with a mixture of stupor and admiration for these sausage-sausages. If you have not seen, do not miss the 2014 year in which the great Joey Chestnut wins the title for the 8th time, reaching 61 puppies. Joey is the graphic definition of tragaldabas.
And finally, the icing on the cake comes to the fireworks. You can see them in any city in North America and there are different ways to enjoy them. For example, in the city of New York, you can enjoy the pyrotechnic show from small cruises on the water or from the top of the Empire State Building. The fires that take place in the Capitol esplanade or Mount Rushmore are some of the most famous shows.
Live on July 4 from a distance
The rest of the people that we cannot be enjoyed on July 4 in the United States as our students do, we must be satisfied with the viewing of a film that deals with the subject. The titles that we recommend are:
Independence Day (1996)
The Roland Emeriti film is a chute of American patriotism in the vein on each plane. Amazing to see Will Smith saving the world. It will make you get up off the couch to the cry of “IU-ES-EY”.
The Patriot (2000)
We continue with another of Emmerich. Four years later, it increased the patriotic dose with this film in which Mel Gibson leads the American Revolution against the British redcoats in the War of Independence.
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Meanwhile, exaggerated patriotism, director Oliver Stone puts the brakes on the life of veteran Ron Civic – played by Tom Cruise – in the Vietnam War and his anti-war convictions against the politics of his country. Not everything is going to be God bless America!
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