Fireworks were launched over the Mississippi River and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, on Independence Day.
Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, is a national holiday that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. This holiday celebrates the birthday of the United States of America.
The Continental Congress voted to declare independence from Britain on July 2, 1776. Earlier, Thomas Jefferson had written a draft of the Declaration of Independence with some help from John Adams and other leaders. The final version of the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4.
Today, Independence Day is celebrated with fireworks, parades, and picnics. Many Americans wear red, white, blue clothing on this day. They also display United States flags and other red, white, and blue items. It is an important summer celebration for many people in the United States. The Fourth of July is a day of patriotism and national pride.