Independence Day is a government recognized holiday in which the United States of America celebrates their independence from Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence was written on July 4th, 1776, and was considered the first notification to England that America wished for independent freedom. Even though the Declaration of Independence was in place, and portrayed the country's interest in being free, one very big challenge still remained...the revolutionary war. America still had to defeat the most powerful army in the world at that time.
It is important for all Americans to remember that freedom was achieved by the forefathers of the nation who fought and died for independence. The way that Independence Day is celebrated today is most likely influenced by the second president of the United States, John Adams. Adams was a signer of the declaration and known for this famous quote, "I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to Almighty God. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forth forevermore." If he were alive today, he would be proud to see, that is exactly how it is celebrated.