Independence Day July 4

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Matthew Straubmuller flickr
Fireworks over the White House

AS National Holidays go, Independence Day in the USA is up there with the most excitedly anticipated in the world, and it commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, some 240 years ago.

At that time, there were just 13 American colonies which had defeated the British forces and from that date on, they considered themselves to be the United States, and as the country grew, so did the number of states, expanding eventually to the 50 that today form the USA.

Independence Day is generally associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, baseball games and family get-togethers. Those who are not in the home country on that day will celebrate with family and friends through American clubs and restaurants around the world.

2016, however, is going to be a little problematic in certain states due to the weather, which has seen storms and floods across the mid-West and even Washington DC is unlikely to escape heavy rains with the possibility of the fireworks display which always takes place at 9.09pm being postponed.

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