Your complete guide to the 4th of July

What is the 4th of July, anyway? July 4th (also known as Independence Day) is an American holiday celebrated annually.

Some bonus trivia: The holiday falls on a Monday this year, giving many Americans a three-day holiday weekend.

While you’re thinking of fun 4th of July ideas for this year’s celebration, you may wonder about the 4th of July’s history and its meaning to this nation.

Why do we celebrate it each year? Well, don’t worry—we’re breaking it down for you with this 4th of July guide.

You may wonder, “Why do we celebrate the 4th of July? What does it mean?”

Well, this day is incredibly significant in American history, as it  marks the day the United States officially became its own nation.

The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4th, 1776—and thus, America was born.

American citizens celebrate America’s birthday with festivals, parades,  fireworks, barbecues, sparklers, and other festive activities.