Independence Day

Forth of July parade (© Jeff Gritchen/Digital First Media/Orange County Register/Getty Images)

The 4th of July in pictures: The USA’s biggest birthday party

What's a holiday everyone can celebrate? In the U.S., one is Independence Day, celebrated each July 4, complete with food and fireworks.
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.
Woman raising her hand to take an oath (© Matt McClain/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

As new Americans become citizens, July 4 is a special day

Immigrants from around the world will be sworn in as naturalized U.S. citizens on America’s Independence Day.
Ship's deck carrying aircraft at sea (DOD/U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael B. Zingaro)

Military members deployed abroad celebrate Independence Day

As American families gather for fireworks and celebrate the U.S. Independence Day, U.S. military personnel deployed overseas celebrate in different ways.
Silk banner depicting Lady Liberty (Smithsonian Institution)

The birth, and endless reinvention, of American democracy

A new exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington uses artifacts and historical treasures to examine the evolution of American democracy.
People with hands raised (© AP Images)

Becoming a U.S. citizen on July 4

Immigrants from around the world will be sworn in as naturalized U.S. citizens just as the United States celebrates its birthday on the Fourth of July.
Fourth of July poster (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

Free poster for the 4th of July

The U.S. marks its Independence Day on July 4, the day in 1776 when founding fathers approved the Declaration of Independence. Check out this poster.
People gathering at the Lincoln Memorial (Shutterstock)

The next star? Tourist sings national anthem at Lincoln Memorial. [video]

Would you take a dare to sing in public? A tourist visiting the Lincoln Memorial in Washington did, and the video is going viral.