Today is a special edition of Ask Doctor English, as our neighbors to the south in the United States of America celebrate the Fourth of July. This is a statutory holiday through the United States and a holiday for some Canadians as well.
America celebrates July 4 as Independence Day because it was on July 4, 1776, that members of the Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, adopted the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. July 4th is celebrated as America's official split from Britain's rule and the beginning of the American Revolution.
The fourth of July is referred to as July 4th, Independence Day, or America’s birthday. On this day is it common for Americans to celebrate with a BBQ or picnic with family and friends. As well, parades, fireworks and other special events are also a common part of the celebration.
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