On July 4, 1776, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence drafted by Thomas Jefferson, who became the third President of the United States of America. And that is why we celebrate the 4th of July as Independence Day.
The 4th of July became a federal holiday and a sense of identity for the American people. It is widely cherished and celebrated by every one in this country who calls the United States home. In 1870, Congress declared the 4th of July a federal holiday. In1941 this important date became a paid federal holiday for federal employees.
Prior to the COVID19 pandemic, the 4th of July was celebrated with formal ceremonies honoring the founding fathers, parades, fireworks and with a variety of festivals and other gatherings attended by the thousands and millions.
Due to COVID19 and even though the vaccination rate is high in the USA, some states and cities have decided to not hold large gatherings, but some cities like San Francisco decided to reopen activities, with caution.
Here is what San Francisco Mayor London Breed said to those planning to see the fireworks and related events , “Although today is a celebration of our hard work throughout the pandemic, it’s more important than ever for every San Franciscan to get vaccinated, so we can continue to attend these large gatherings. If you plan to join us for fireworks this weekend and are not vaccinated, please get tested. We are so close to ending this pandemic!”.
The 4th of July is one of the most important historic dates in this country, as it is considered the birth of the United States of America. The Holiday is celebrated not only by those who were born in this country, but also by those who have made the United States of America home.
The ideals of freedom and opportunity prevail, despite the divisive politics permeating in the last few years. One of the main challenges in the present and future perhaps is the adoption of diversity, inclusion and equity, as true values and ideals. Happy 4th of July!
-Lupita Franco Peimbert