Americans have been celebrating Independence Day in some form or another since immediately after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. During the summer of 1776 some colonists celebrated the birth of independence by holding mock funerals for King George III, as a way of symbolizing the end of the monarchy’s hold on America and the triumph of liberty. Festivities including concerts, bonfires, parades along with the firing of cannons and muskets usually accompanied public readings of the Declaration of Independence. Over the years, the political importance of the holiday has declined, but Independence Day remains an important national holiday and a symbol of patriotism.
Today the 4th of July has become a major focus of leisure activities and an occasion for family get-togethers, often involving fireworks, parades and outdoor barbecues. The most common symbol of the holiday is the American flag, and it is customary to hear patriotic music at holiday events.
The Urbana Free Library has a generous assortment of books, movies, documentaries and other material about the 4th of July holiday. Consider adding a visit to your library as another great way to celebrate!
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