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    Independence Day Celebrations

    By Wasatch Peaks on July 4, 2018

    Topics: Holidays

    Do you know exactly what happened on July 4, 1776? What do our Fourth of July celebrations commemorate, and why?

    The Reason We Celebrate July 4

    July 4, 1776, is the date written on the original Declaration of Independence, even though it wasn’t signed until Aug. 2 of the same year. July 4 was the day in which the Continental Congress officially agreed and approved the final edits to the document that Thomas Jefferson wrote. It declared the words that would establish a new nation, independent of Great Britain’s control.

    Thirteen American colonies were already at war over oppressive taxation, but residents weren’t consistent in their opinions and their efforts until the words of the Declaration united them and gave them a foundation for the Revolutionary War victory in 1783. Because the Declaration was also understood to be the first formal statement by any group of people asserting a right to choose their own form of government, it was a significant document for all citizens of the world, not only for the colonists.

    Although it was called Independence Day as early as 1791, the Declaration of Independence wasn’t always celebrated on July 4 with a vacation from work and fancy fireworks. In fact, the United States Congress didn’t make it a holiday for federal employees until 1870, nor did lawmakers pass additional legislation to make July 4 a paid federal holiday until 1938.

    During the Revolutionary War, July 4 was commemorated with 13-gun salutes (representing the 13 colonies), official banquets for the Continental Congress and their families, and parades and shows for the troops. Ships at sea were draped with red, white and blue while in port and at sail, and General George Washington reportedly ordered a double ration of rum for his fighting men to celebrate. 

    One of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was John Adams, who wrote the following in a letter to his wife, Abigail: “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

    Celebrating July 4 at Home

    Today, we certainly have our modern pomp and parade, shows, games, sports, guns, bells and bonfires to celebrate July 4. But we also have jet fighter salutes at airshows and choreographed fountains and fireworks exploding over lakes, rivers and harbors throughout the country. John Adams probably could never have imagined the majestic displays we take for granted now.

    Whether you enjoy a road trip with your family or stay home to barbecue by the pool, you can plan a Fourth of July that’s fun for everyone. In some parts of the U.S., you can even celebrate with your own patriotic fountains and fireworks. Start by contacting your local fire department to learn the rules for purchase and use of fireworks in your area, and to ask if you’ll need a permit to use them. Then, stop by your local retailer to check out their light show fountain kits to complete your patriotic display.

    Celebrating July 4 in Northern Utah

    North Ogden Cherry Days

    5k Run, Parade, Kiwanis Car Show, Festival in the Park, Reptile Show, Volleyball Tournament, Comedy Hypnotist, Evening Concert, Fireworks

    Farr West Freedom Festival

    5k Run, Breakfast, Flag Ceremony, Parade, Souvlaki Dinner, Booths and Games, Saw Dust Scramble, Fireworks

    Kaysville & Fruit Heights July 4th Independence Day Celebration

    Breakfast, Rotary 5k Run, Parade, Hello Dolly, Red, White and Boom at Barnes Park

    Riverdale Old Glory Days

    Sunrise Service, Lions Club Breakfast, 5k Run, Park Festivities, Fireworks

    Layton’s Liberty Days

    Breakfast, Fun Run/Walk, Flag Raising, Baseball/Softball, Parade, Entertainment at Layton Commons Park, New American Philharmonic Symphony with Cannoneers

    Brigham City’s Fourth of July Celebration

    Breakfast, Flag Ceremony, Teens T-ball, Swimming Pool, Horseshoes, Food Trucks, Greg Simpson Concern, Fireworks

    Huntsville Independence Day Celebration

    Breakfast, 5k Patriotic Run, Parade and Flag Ceremony, Sport Tournaments, Decathlon, Patriotic Program, Fireworks

    Plain City 4th of July Celebration

    1k/5k Run, Flag Ceremony, Breakfast in the Park, Parade, Ultimate Water fight, Firework

    Centerville – The Land That I Love

    Breakfast, Freedom 5k, Parade on Main, Art and Quilt Show, Outdoor Festival, Centerville’s Got Talent

    Marriott-Slaterville 4th of July Celebration

    5k Run, Community Parade, Lunch and Games at Marriott Park

    Wasatch Peaks will be celebrating in the North Ogden, Huntsville, and Riverdale parades! We look forward to seeing everyone there!

    Wasatch Peaks

    Written by Wasatch Peaks