Ten fun facts about Independence Day

Fact 1
It is commonly known as the Fourth of July.

Fact 2
Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

Fact 3
In 1781, the Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration.

Fact 4
In 1783, Moravians in Salem, North Carolina, held a celebration of July 4 with a challenging music program assembled by Johann Friedrich Peter. This work was titled "The Psalm of Joy." This is recognized as the first recorded celebration and is still celebrated there today.

Fact 5
In 1791 the first recorded use of the name "Independence Day" occurred.

Fact 6
Independence Day is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays.

Fact 7
Firework shows are held in many states, and many fireworks are sold for personal use or as an alternative to a public show.

Fact 8
A salute of one gun for each state in the United States, called a “salute to the union,” is fired on Independence Day at noon by any capable military base.

Fact 9
Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue.

Fact 10
Independence Day fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs such as the national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner", "God Bless America", "America the Beautiful", "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "This Land Is Your Land", "Stars and Stripes Forever", and, regionally, "Yankee Doodle" in northeastern states and "Dixie" in southern states. Some of the lyrics recall images of the Revolutionary War or the War of 1812.

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Short about Independence Day
is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom).

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