Typically known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been considered a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83).
In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence.
July 4th in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Ca is home to one of the largest July 4th fireworks displays in the nation presented in the RoseBowl. The fireworks are part of the 87th annual AmericaFest being held in the RoseBowl on July 4th. The Americafest offers a wide variety of celebration to both local residents and tourists, ranging from the extravagant fireworks display, concerts, games, great food and more.
How Else Can We Celebrate July 4th
Some recommendations include:
The Free Palisades Americanism Parade being held at Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades between via de la Paz and Drummond St. This is a historically fashioned independence day parade with fireworks to immediately follow.
July 4th at Grand Park is in its 2nd annual celebration. One year after opening, Grand Park in the LA Civic Center is celebrating Independence Day with a four block block party. This celebration however strays away from the traditional fireworks display and incorporates a light show combining special effects with pyrotechnics. The Main stage and viewing area are located between Hill Street and Grand Avenue.
Enjoy the Aquarium at night with a 4th of July BBQ and get a fish-eye view of the Queen Mary fireworks. Combo tickets include admission to the aquarium plus an Independence Day B-B-Q buffet with home-style grilled entrees and decadent deserts.
Children and adults are encouraged to decorate their bikes for the annual 4th of July Bike Parade and themselves for the annual 4th of July Bike Parade taking place on the beach bike path in Long Beach. In addition to the bike parade, the event will include competitions for children 12 and younger, including a Patriotic Oratory Competition (advance submission required), watermelon seed spitting, and patriotic costume contest.
In addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.