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July 4th is American Independence Day.

It is a historic and memorable day in the United States because it marks the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the 13 States of America on July 4, 1776, which, were then, colonies of England.

The signing took place in Philadelphia by the members of the Second Continental Congress led by John Hancock.

On the day of signing, guns were fired, candles were lighted and bells rang the whole day.

The next day the declaration was publicly announced in all major American cities.

Since then, the Fourth of July has become a celebration in America at the Federal level.

According to an online essay, “The major events are held at the Independence Hall. Every year the holiday attracts millions of people to visit Philadelphia and enjoy concerts and historical pageants. One of the most notable events is the reenacting of the Second Congress meeting and official read of the Independence Declaration.

“Another focal point in celebration is Boston. Traditionally, the USS John F. Kennedy sails into the harbor, and the Boston Pops Orchestra performs a patriotic concert on the banks of the Charles River. The show is called ‘Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.’

“The Orchestra plays American National Anthem ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and other American songs, including ‘America the Beautiful,’ ‘God Bless America’ and ‘1812 Overture.’ The show is accompanied by voluminous fireworks.”

In New York City/New Jersey area, Independence Day is celebrated with massive fireworks over Hudson River.

This patriotic holiday is loved all over America.


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On this occasion, I’d like to share excerpts from ex-President Barack Obama’s speech in May when he received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

“That very Kennedyesque idea that America is not the project of any one person and that each of us can make a difference and all of us ought to try. That quiet sturdy citizenship that I see all across the country and that I especially see in young people

“I know that the values and the progress that we cherish are not inevitable, that they are fragile, in need of constant renewal.

“If the vitality of our democracy, if the gains of our long journey to freedom were assured, none of us would ever have to be courageous. None of us would have to risk anything to protect them. But it’s in its very precariousness that courage becomes possible and absolutely necessary.

“John F. Kennedy knew that our best hope and our most powerful answer to our doubts and to our fears lies inside each of us, in our willingness to joyfully embrace our responsibility as citizens, to stay true to our allegiance, to our highest and best ideals, to maintain our regard and concern for the poor and the aging and the marginalized, to put our personal or party interest aside when duty to our country calls or when conscience demands.

“That’s the spirit that has brought America so far and that's the spirit that will always carry us to better days.”


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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY AMERICA!

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