One of the biggest days of the year for America is Independence Day, celebrated every year on the same day, 4th of July. In 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring that the thirteen American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire but now the United States of America. This is now one of the most important symbols to American citizens of their freedom and of what makes their country the United States.
The occasion is normally marked by lots of parades, concerts and food-filled celebrations with friends and family. Offices and schools are closed for the day so people can join in with the festivities, where famous landmarks are lit up with bright lights with breath-taking fireworks displays in some of America’s biggest cities.