Independence Day

St. Louis, MO skyline with fireworks.

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain.

The Fourth of July has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations dates back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities of fireworks, parades and concerts along with family and friend gatherings and barbecues.

Some July 4th Facts

  • There have been 27 versions of the U.S. flag.
  • In 1781, Massachusetts became the first state to declare the 4th of July an official state holiday.
  • The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped 13 times every July 4th in honor of the original 13 colonies.
  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826.
  • The Star Spangled Banner became the United States’ national anthem in 1931.
  • Our neighbors to the north celebrate Canada Day just three days prior to our Independence Day celebration.

Things to Do for the 4th of July in St. Louis

  • Americas Parade
  • Fireworks Cruise
  • JB Blast
  • Heritage & Freedom Fest
  • St. Charles Riverfest
  • Webster Groves Community Parade