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Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, marks the anniversary of the United States declaring independence from Britain in 1776.

In 1776, the United States, which was, at the time, known as the 13 colonies, was at war with Britain. The war would later be known as “The Revolutionary War.” The war started when Britain started giving the 13 colonies extreme taxes that the colonies thought were unlawful. The 13 colonies needed to fight back, and one politician had the idea of fighting for independence. So they fought the British, with France and Spain at their back, and by the end of 1775 the colonies were under full control of their own military.

Even though the war went on until 1783, the declaration of independence (the official document signed when the country was formed) was signed on July 4, 1776. To this day, every July 4th, we celebrate the birthday of our country. The celebrations include really big parades, massive firework displays, picnics, games, and more. It is considered a federal holiday, as well as the national holiday of the United States.