Illustration of fireworks on the National Mall (State Dept./D. Thompson)

A lot of history happened on July 4

On July 4, 1776, America's Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Do you know about other events in U.S. history that fell on the Fourth?
Fireworks exploding behind the U.S. Capitol (© AP Images)

Fireworks light up the sky on the 4th of July [video]

Every year on July 4, communities across the U.S. gather to watch patriotic-themed fireworks in celebration of Independence Day.
Drawing of student using diploma as megaphone (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Study in the U.S. … and speak out

What rights do international students have? The right to free speech lets every student in the U.S. ask big questions in and out of the classroom.
Family eating at table (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Uighurs in America celebrate Ramadan

In America, Uighur Muslims celebrate Ramadan and observe Islamic traditions. However, in Xinjiang, China, these practices are illegal.
Military honor guard marching in formation at WWII memorial (© Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

A Washington memorial to shared heroism

A great alliance joined forces against fascism 70 years ago. The World War II Memorial in Washington commemorates a time of heroism and sacrifice.
Memorial with granite and fountain (© Efrain Padro/Alamy)

What Memorial Day means to Americans

Memorial Day, a holiday honoring U.S. military members who died in defense of their country, also marks the unofficial start of summer in America.

Religious freedom: A basic right [poster]

Freedom of religion is a basic right in the United States. It is an important component of American democracy and of America's diverse society.
Kazi Mannan in restaurant kitchen stirring big pot (© Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Restaurant owner feeds the homeless, hosts iftars

The Sakina Halal Grill serves everyone who walks through the door, even if they can’t pay. During Ramadan, its owner also hosts iftars for the homeless.
Two young girls displaying the wares of their business on a table (© Lemonade Day)

Young entrepreneurs learn that business can be sweet

How does a lemonade stand turn into a full-fledged business? Programs designed to inspire young entrepreneurs teach American children valuable skills.