On the other side of the Pond, our American friends also celebrate the 4th of July, also known as Independence Day. This is a bank holiday commemorating the Declaration of Independence, adopted on the 4th of July 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain.
The American revolution acted the legal separation of the 13 colonies from Great Britain on the 2nd of July 1776 when the congress approved a resolution of independence put forward by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia, declaring the United States independent from Great Britain.
This is a day marked by patriotic displays, parades, barbecue and fireworks amongst other celebrations. All non essential federal institutions are closed on that day and festivities are held in celebration of national heritage, law, history, society and people.