Fireworks, marching bands, and a mass of people parading down the streets carrying the American flag. With these sights and sounds, only one thing comes to mind: the 4th of July. The United States celebrates Independence Day to commemorate the country’s independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Since the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, every July 4 of the year thereafter is declared as a federal holiday—meaning, it’s the perfect time for picnics, concerts, political speeches, family reunions, and other similar celebrations.
Below are a few pictures showing Independence Day, seen from the lenses of those who took the time to capture the glorious feeling of joining in the nationwide celebration.
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What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than taking an eye-catching photo of the United States flag? Taken with a macro shot from below-eye-level angle, this photo emphasized the famous “Stars and Stripes” of the proud nation’s flag.
In the honor of the patriotic men of Ross County who gave their lives in the war for the preservation of the Union. Their grateful fellow citizens have erected this monument. May 30th, 1875. – This is the inscription found on the plaque engraved on the Veteran’s Memorial erected on Grandview cemetery.
The Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee is a great venue for a spectacular lights show featuring numerous fireworks. This shot was taken on the night of the Fourth of July in 2011.
Independence Day is also known as the birthday of America or the birth of its democracy. The American flag symbolizes that this country is truly the “land of the free” and the “home of the brave.”
This wall of red, white and blue American flags surrounding the monument is a symbol of the citizens’ love for the country. The photographer perfectly captured the sun at the peak of the monument for additional effect.
Expect a long line of parades in every corner of the country as the Fourth of July passes by. Despite the heat of the sun, this girl proudly waves her flag as she joins in the celebration.
Catch a glimpse of the fireworks show finale in Portland, Oregon, as this state in the Pacific Northwest celebrates July 4. The stars were momentarily covered up by the brighter lights emitted by each firework.
Here is another photo taken in Seattle. Captured using slow shutter speed, the blur of the cars moving on the streets created a slow motion effect, as the fireworks shines above the city seemingly suspended in animation.
One subtle way of celebrating this holiday is to decorate your building with the colors of the American flag – red, white, and blue.
Taken from the Smith Avenue High Bridge overlooking the fireworks show over Saint Paul, Minnesota, the person who took this picture only had one word to describe the celebration: fun.
The Independence Day in Washington D.C. last 2010 was celebrated with flag bearers performing their routine. Complete with a marching band, they dance their way down the street as they pass by the thick crowd.
This photo shows a house celebrating the birth of democracy through its decorations. During Independence Day, thousands of houses in America adorn their walls and front porches with the Star-spangled Banner.
Using an alternate version of the American flag, these ladies line up for one of the parade’s highlights – the traditional flag-waving march.
Of, course, fireworks show up best at night time. Blowing them up in the sky above a body of water further adds to the overall look and feel, leaving anyone marveling at the beautiful effects.