The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known
as the American War of Independence, was a war betweenthe Kingdom of Great Britain and thirteen British
colonies on the North American continent (as well as
some naval conflict). The war was the culmination of the
political American Revolution, whereby the colonists
overthrew British rule. In 1775, Revolutionaries seized
control of each of the thirteen colonial governments,
set up the Second Continental Congress, and formed a
Continental Army. The following year, they formally
declared their independence as a new nation, the United
States of America.
Source: The American Revolutionary War
July 4th - Customs and Traditions
Fourth of July is the American Independence Day andcelebrates the spirit of Patriotism and Freedom. The
only holiday dedicated to America, 4th of July is
associated with many traditions the major ones of which
are discussed here.
The day has forever been associated with favorite
customs like fireworks, parades, barbecues, beer,
picnics, baseball, outdoor parties, public and private
events honoring the nation. Being a summer holiday,
most events and entertaining takes place outdoors.
Fireworks are probably the most identifiable event for
Fourth of July. Fireworks have been associated with
Fourth of July since 1777. Firework shows are held in
many states and families and groups even buy them for
private use. Fireworks are often accompanied by singing
or music of patriotic songs.
Picnics and Barbecues have become Fourth of July
traditions due to main reasons. The first reason being
that summer is a lovely time to be spent outdoors and
the second being that these two are easiest way to
entertain a large number of guests.
Public events are common in most cities with state
politicians making an appearance for giving patriotic
speeches. Singing of the national Anthem and other
patriotic songs is also common. Fourth of July parades
are mostly held in the morning with red, white and blue
Baseball, Football and Frisbee Games and other outdoor
and beach games are popular. There is also usually a host
of activities for kids like face painting, fairs and
carnivals organized at various public places.
Patriotic displays are commonly seen everywhere. People
customarily deck their houses with flags, buntings and
streamers in Red, White and Blue, the colors of the
American flag. Even the clothing worn by people on
Fourth of July reflects the colors and designs of the
Source: Fourth of July Traditions