Thursday marks the 237th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, when the American colonists, fed up with being ruled from afar by King George III, stood up and declared their land a sovereign nation.
It took another seven long years of fighting before the United States of America was officially free of British rule, but July 4 is imprinted on the hearts of patriotic Americans everywhere as the birthday of our country.
While many patriotic holidays have a more solemn purpose, Independence Day is an unabashed celebration, complete with cookouts, swimming, fireworks, and family fun.
Here are some fun Fourth of July articles for your reading pleasure:
Have a great day of celebrating, America!