Independence Day (July 4th)
Updated June 21, 2021 | Infoplease Staff
Grab your sparklers and look skyward—the Fourth of July is almost upon us. The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Begun during the American Revolution, it has been America's most important patriotic holiday ever since.
July 4th Fun Stuff
Celebrating the 4th
- History of July 4th Celebrations
America's biggest secular holiday
- Facts on Fireworks
A brief history of the world's favorite explosives
- Consumer Fireworks
Find information about state regulations concerning the sell of consumer fireworks
- Patriotic Music for Independence Day
The best songs for your 4th of July picnic
- Star Mangled Banner
A look at some controversial, and botched, renditions of our national anthem
- BBQ Primer
Good times in the backyard
- Hot Dogs Galore
In honor of National Hot Dog Month, some answers to those dogging questions
- History of the Declaration of Independence
The formal declaration announcing the separation of the colonies from Great Britain
- Founders' Wisdom
Quotations from signers of the Declaration of Independence
- American Revolution
Thirteen Colonies won independence from Great Britain and became the United States
- Paul Revere
Bio of the man who warned the American colonists that the British forces were coming
- Molly Pitcher
Read how this legendary Revolutionary War figure got her name
- Boston Tea Party
Brief account of the conflict between British Parliament and American colonists before the Revolution
- Francis Scott Key
Bio of the lawyer and poet who wrote The Start Spangled Banner
Facts, Stats, & Trivia
- Independence Day Family Trivia Package
Try Infoplease's brain-busting quizzes for Independence Day.
- Born on the 4th of July
Who else celebrates birthdays on July 4th?
- Independence Day by the Numbers
How many flags, how many hot dogs
- Slideshow: Cherry Blossoms of Washington, D.C.
Pictures and facts about cherry trees in Washington, D.C.
- Slideshow: Washington, D.C. Landmarks
Pictures and facts about notable landmarks in Washington, D.C.
- Slideshow: Statues around Washington, D.C.
Pictures and facts about statues that are found around the district.
- Slideshow: Landmarks of Boston
Pictures and facts about historical landmarks in Boston
- Fireworks Jigsaw Game
Try to put these crazy fireworks back together