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Hi everyone, I'm Alisha.
The Fourth of July is also known as Independence Day. It commemorates the signing of The Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. Think of it as America’s birthday!
When most people think about July 4th, they think about fireworks! But do you know why Americans display fireworks on the 4th?
We’ll show you the answer at the end of this video.
Americans kick up their heels on this holiday in many ways, but people mostly go to picnics and barbecues. It’s also a day to be patriotic, so you’ll often see the American flag and people dressed in red, white, and blue.
Parades are another common sight on the fourth of July, especially during the daytime. Why do they take place during the day? Because as soon as it gets dark, Americans gather to watch magnificent fireworks in the night sky.
Some families set off small fireworks in their driveways, and some gather in parks or by the sea to see the larger, more professional firework displays.
The most outstanding firework displays take place in New York City and Washington, D.C. Both of these displays are televised nationally and the president even attends the display in Washington, D.C.
On the fourth of July, you’ll hear the U.S. national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."
The words were written by Francis Scott Key, who was inspired to write the lyrics after witnessing The Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.
And now here's the answer to the quiz.
Why do Americans shoot fireworks on the 4th?
The custom of shooting off fireworks on Independence Day can be traced back to a quote by our second president, John Adams. He said that he believed that July 4th should "be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations."
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Are there any holidays when fireworks are shot off in your country?
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Are there any holidays when fireworks are shot off in your country?

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We are welcom to independent any where and I hope to you good times on 4th of july

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Hi Francis,

I guess there must be a link between the holidays in Catalonia and Quebec. I hope you have a good time on July 24th!


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In quebec, we celebrate at the 24th of july our national (provincial) day, St-Jean. We have great firework that day, particuly in my town. I saw in the comments that Catalonia have an holiday the day before and its name is St-John eve. Both hollidays have probably a communality. It's soo interesting.

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Hi Ferran,

That sounds like a fun holiday! What kind of cake is that?


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In Catalonia, which is my country, we use to have fireworks on 23th June (St. John's eve). People have meeting with his relatives and his friends and have dinner eating a special cake called "Coca de Sant Joan". Given that is, roughly speaken, the longer night of the year, we also dance and have fun.

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Hi David Nguyen,

Oh? There are no fireworks for your country's independence day?

My country, the UK, doesn't have an independence day, but we do have a day for fireworks in November!


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Tuesday at 08:47 PM
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Independence Day in our country don't have fireworkings.

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Hello Elbegzaya,

It is nice to know you enjoyed the lesson! :smile:

Have a nice day!


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it was interesting to me