26 Jun

Why we celebrate the 4th of July

Every year, you may get dressed up on July 4th in red, white and blue. You and your family may watch fireworks at night, too. While it’s nice to dress up and have fun, you may not know why the day is so important. The Fourth of July has another name — Independence Day.

It got this name from a key event on July 4, 1776. On that day, a group of people agreed to a letter. It was called the Declaration of Independence. The letter was written by Thomas Jefferson. It said that the people in America had decided to form their own country. Jefferson later became our third U.S. president.

That’s why each year we celebrate this day when our country was born. You probably celebrate your own birth every year too, with a birthday. The Fourth of July is like a birthday for the whole country!