Wilmington NC was named a one of the top cites to celebrate the Fourth of July but do you really know what the 4th of July means?
Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire. But the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83).
You’re probably thinking about ways to get a head start on the celebration. However, before wishing your country a happy 2015th birthday on social channels, you might want to make sure you know precisely how old the country is. Because 2015 is… not the right answer.
Apparently, that’s a thing: people saying that America was born more or less in the same year as Jesus.
But, again, it’s not true. July 4th, 2015 will mark the 239th anniversary of when the original thirteen colonies declared their independence from Britain in 1776.
Thousands watch fireworks burst over the U.S.S. North Carolina and the Cape Fear River to celebrate Independence Day in downtown Wilmington on Saturday night.
The Fourth of July is one of the busiest days on the water in Wilmington.
With hundreds of people celebrating the holiday in boats and on the beach, law enforcement is on heightened alert to keep everyone safe.