July 4th, which is recognized as the birth of American independence, is celebrated with festivities that often include parades, family gatherings, community picnics, casual barbecues, pool parties, concerts and ultimately, fireworks at night.
Most people know the Fourth of July celebrations are connected to winning the Revolutionary War. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence. Two days later, on July 4th, delegates from all 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence. The historic document was drafted largely by Thomas Jefferson and became the cornerstone for our new nation.
But the war wasn’t actually won until 1783. And when the first battles began in April 1775, very few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain.
The Birth of Independence Day
It took about a year for the majority of colonists to favor independence, thanks to widespread revolutionary sentiments and growing hostility against Britain. When the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia on June 7, 1776, a committee that included Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin drafted a formal statement justifying the break.
When the resolution for independence was approved in a near-unanimous vote, John Adams said it would, “be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival… with Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.”
Early July 4th Celebrations
Before the Revolutionary War, colonists annually celebrated the King of England’s birthday with bell ringing, bonfires, processions and speech-making. The city of Philadelphia hosted the first commemoration of independence on July 4, 1777, while the war was still ongoing, and the state of Massachusetts celebrated the following year. By the end of the war, all the colonies were marking the occasion.
The tradition of patriotic celebration became more widespread after the War of 1812, when the United States again faced Great Britain. In 1870, the U.S. Congress proclaimed July 4th a federal holiday.
By the late 19th century, the focus of celebration encompassed more leisure activities, family get-togethers and fireworks.
Patriotism with Pizza
Pizza may not sound particularly patriotic… but it’s an easy, delicious way to feed all your guest during your 4th of July party! Call ahead and place your order for delivery or take out. Sipipa also offers party trays with appetizers that are great for finger-food snacking. And our sub sandwiches are a great way to feed a lot of people fresh, delicious, easy food.