Have you ever wondered why the Fourth of July is celebrated or how this holiday came about? Many people think the Fourth of July is celebrated because it’s the day the United States received independence from England. While this is along the right track, it’s not the entire reason the 4th of July is celebrated, nor is it the main reason the holiday came about.
A Brief History of The 4th of July
Back in the 18th century, the United States was not considered the U.S. what is now known as the states was actually called colonies and the United States was an extension of England. In June of 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies were fighting in the revolutionary war in a struggle for a resolution to declare their independence from Great Britain. On the 2nd of July, Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and then two days later on the 4th of July, the delegates adopted a document that was drafted by Thomas Jefferson, known as the Declaration of Independence. However, the 4th of July was not an official holiday until 1870, when congress made it a federal holiday. The provision was expanded in 1941 to grant the 4th of July a paid holiday for all federal employees. Over the years, the holiday became less of a political importance, but it remained as a national holiday that is recognized as a symbol of patriotism
Celebrate Independence Day in Denver
If you are looking for events to celebrate Independence Day, Denver has a wide variety of activities that are fun for the entire family, including:
- The Cherry Creek Arts Festival. The festival will be held at Cherry Creek North on the seven streets between Steele Street and Columbine (from 2nd to 3rd Ave.), on July 1-3, 2017. The festival features the chance to meet a variety of international visual artists, sample great food and enjoy a wide variety of family-friendly activities.
- Four Mile Historic Park Old Fashioned July 4th celebration which is on July 1st from 5pm-10pm. The theme is an old fashioned celebration that includes wagon rides, games, food trucks, live music and a beer garden. The grand finale is Glendale’s fireworks display.
- Park Hill 4th of July Parade (Denver’s largest 4th of July parade). The parade runs along 23rd Avenue from Dexter Street to Krameria Street.
A 4th of July celebration wouldn’t be complete without watching a fireworks display. Here are some of the places around Denver where you can see the fireworks:
- Arvada Independence Day Celebration, which is held at Arvada Park. The event starts at 4pm on the 4th and ends with a fireworks display at about 10pm.
- Aurora’s Municipal Center will have live music, food and games starting at 6pm, followed by a fireworks display.
- Brighton’s 4th of July celebration will be held at Carmichael Park, located at 500 S. 4th Ave behind Brighton City Hall.
- Castle Rock Independence Day fireworks can be seen from the butte above Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course. The event starts at sundown.
- Estes Park 4th of July Celebration starts at 9:30 pm over Lake Estes. You can view the display from a grassy spot at Stanley park along the Lake Estes Trail.
Wherever you decide to spend your 4th of July celebrations, remember to play safe. Wear sunscreen when spending time at the outdoor festivals, drink plenty of water and rest in the shade occasionally to prevent the risk of heat stroke. Also remember to be mindful of what you eat and drink; sugary and sticky foods are bad news for your teeth, mouth and gums.
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