At New Oasis, our academic coordinators have received questions over time related to uncommon vocabulary in the English language and cultural differences. To aid in the adjustment and learning process, we have launched the Culture Corner. On this page, each month, we will focus on areas where students have presented questions.
The Fourth of July is a time for fireworks, camping, picnics and family. This is one of the largest American holidays and commemorates the adoption of the American Declaration of Independence, declaring Independence from Great Britain.
Here are some interesting facts about the Fourth of July:
American Independence Day is most often celebrated with family and friends. Celebrations often involve picnics and barbeques, fireworks, parades, carnivals, fairs and baseball games.
Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.
Independence Day is a federal holiday, and most companies allow their employees to take time off to celebrate.
John Adams, the second president of the United States said American independence “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other.” This is where the tradition of lighting fireworks originates.
To celebrate the first anniversary of independence in Bristol, Rhode Island, thirteen gunshots were fired in salute, once at morning and once again as evening fell.
Most fireworks shows are accompanied by traditional American symphonic songs such as “The Star Spangled Banner” or “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
The Philippines also celebrates July 4 as its Republic Day. In 1946, the Philippines were officially independent of the United States.