Independence Day (from Wikipedia)
Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the USA, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 by the Continental Congress, declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire. It is commonly celebrated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. In 1778, General George Washington marked July 4 with a double ration of rum (for his soldiers) and an artillery salute (feu de joie). In 2016, many Americans will follow his example, although they will be shooting at each other.