The Fourth of July has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations dates back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.The Continental Congress voted in favor of independence on July 2, 1776, and two days later, delegates from the thirteen colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence since 1776, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. Monday, July 4, 2022, is the Fourth of July.
The Navy MWR Panama City Independence Day Bash on Thursday, June 30, 2022, featured fireworks over the Bay. There were also games, food, and a cardboard boat regatta at the celebration.
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Thunderfest 2022 is held at the Corvette Museum Amphitheater in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Saturday, July 2, 2022. The event included food trucks, games, live music, and a fireworks display.
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On Saturday, July 2, 2022, residents and tourists will line the edge of Lake Michigan near Navy Pier to watch Chicago’s Fourth of July fireworks display.
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fireworks from a Fourth of July celebration fill the sky above the Liberty Memorial Tower at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Mo.
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Fireworks explode above the Corvette Museum Amphitheater in Bowling Green, Ky., during the Thunderfest celebration Saturday, July 2, 2022.GRACE RAMEY, DAILY NEWS VIA APA tower at the Country Club Plaza shopping center is lit in red, white, and blue to mark the Fourth of July as the crescent moon sets in the distance Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo.CHARLIE RIEDEL, APFireworks at Wildwood park close the first evening of the Granville Kiwanis Fourth of July Celebration on Friday, July 1, 2022.SARA C. TOBIAS, THE ADVOCATE / USA TODAY NETWORK