Date and Origin of Independence Day

Independence Day Dates in 2024, 2025 and 2026

Independence Day is observed at the following dates:

Independence Day is celebrated on July 4 in the United States.

It is a national and federal holiday celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Indepence by the American founding fathers.


The Second Continental Congress of the thirteen British colonies in America met on July 4th to sign the Declaration of Independence, a document claiming sovereignty from the British crown1. This document was unanimously approved on July 2 and was officially adopted on July 4, 1776. The final version, however, was signed primarily on August 2 of that same year1.

Notable Independence Days

On September third, the treaty of Paris was signed, officially ending the Was of American Revolutionary War6.


Independence day is a nationalistic holiday marked by parades during the day when people exhibit their patriotism by donning the colors of the American flag; red, white and blue. Parades are usually held in the morning and firework displays are put on at night by both professionals and amateurs though restrictions apply in some areas.

Concerts are often held with performances of patriotic songs including the Star Spangled Banner, God Bless America, My country 'Tis of Thee, America the Beautiful and Stars and Stripes Forever. Sometimes this is accompanied by Yankee Doodle in northern states and Dixie in the south.