How Do Americans Celebrate Independence Day?

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independence Day, often called the Fourth of July, is a public holiday that celebrates the birth of American independence from Britain with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.

How do Americans celebrate Independence Day? What activities do they participate in? How do they dress? What food do they eat? Find out below!

1. Activities

  • Firework displays
Family watching fireworks on Independence Day

Family watching fireworks on Independence Day

Independence Day firework displays represent the three prominent colors of American flag: red, white, and blue.

In Stockton, fireworks will take place at these spots.

  • Family get-togethers
Multi generation family walking in a park with US flags

Multi generation family walking in a park with US flags

This day is a chance for family members to reunite and relax.

  • Beach/lake trips
Seaside picnic with family

Seaside picnic with family

Independence Day is in the summer, so many Americans prefer to be outdoors and often hit a beach or a lake to cool off.

  • Parades
Independence Day Parade

Independence Day Parade

Many towns host Fourth of July parades, which often feature firetrucks, marching bands, and community organizations. If you are in Stockton, there will be a parade at 10 a.m. in downtown, hosted by United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County.

  • Sparklers
Celebrate Fourth of July with sparklers

Celebrate Fourth of July with sparklers

Lighting sparklers is a traditional and very fun way to celebrate Independence Day.

2. Outfits

Red, white, and blue.

Two adorable little sisters in Fourth of July outfits

Two adorable little sisters in Fourth of July outfits

What to wear to celebrate Independence Day? Any combination of these three colors will work. Some people also wear a Fourth of July makeup.

3. Food

  • BBQ/cookout
Friends cooking out on Independence Day

Friends cooking out on Independence Day

Food at a cookout or BBQ is often prepared on a grill and served with cold side dishes like potato salad, fruit, chips, and coleslaw.

  • Hamburgers & hot dogs
Young family celebrating 4th of July with hamburgers and hot dogs

Young family celebrating 4th of July with hamburgers and hot dogs

America’s most iconic foods, hamburgers and hot dogs are very common in Independence Day meals. There’s even a hot dog competition on this day, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

  • Independence Day cakes
Patriotic cupcakes with colorful sprinkles and toothpick flags

Patriotic cupcakes with colorful sprinkles and toothpick flags

The lovely red, white, and blue colors of the American flag can even be seen on desserts. Usually this is done with sprinkles, a toothpick flag, or fruit decorations.

4. Decorations

  • American flag
Patriotic Party Flags

Patriotic Party Flags

The national flag is definitely a must-have on Independence Day.

  • Streamers and Balloons
Fourth of July balloons

Fourth of July balloons

These vibrant streamers and colorful banners make the party more fabulous!

  • July 4th dining ware
Fourth of July dining ware

Fourth of July dining ware

The party looks complete with these July 4th dishes and cups.

July 4th is coming! Let’s celebrate Independence Day together!

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