American Holidays as an Expat:
Holidays vary from country to country. Relocating to the United States means learning a new culture and way of life. In the U.S., a major part of the American culture are its’ holidays. Federal holidays are typically observed nationally and often come with days off from work and school. Many retailers often celebrate with major sales events. Take advantage of these holidays as it’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself into the American lifestyle.
What is Independence Day?
Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, is the most American of all the holidays. This national holiday marks the anniversary of the country’s independence and is also referred to as “America’s birthday.” On July 4, 1776, America’s founding fathers formally signed a document, The Declaration of Independence, which freed the original 13 colonies from Great Britain. This is where Independence Day got its name.
On the bottom of the Declaration of Independence, lays the signatures of 56 members of the Continental Congress including representatives from the 13 colonies and the famous John Hancock.
Why is the name “John Hancock” synonymous with “your signature”?
John Hancock’s signature on the Declaration of Independence is the most famous signature in American history. He intentionally signed his name bigger than all of the other signatures because he wanted the King of England to see his rebellious signature without having to wear his spectacles!
-4th of July didn’t become a federal holiday until 1870
-Three U.S. presidents have passed away on July 4th
-Calvin Coolidge, past U.S. president was born on July 4th
How to celebrate like an American:
Traditionally, the Fourth of July is filled with patriotism. Many people celebrate by gathering with family and friends for barbecues, picnics, and fireworks. There is an array of parades to attend on Independence Day that many people celebrate being an American and enjoy tributes from bands, fire departments, veterans, etc.
Feel free to join in on the celebrations anyway you like. The International AutoSource team hopes you enjoy your Independence Day whether it is your first, or one of many.