In the United States of America, Independence Day (commonly known as "the Fourth of July","July Fourth", or even simply "The Fourth") is a federal holiday celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain.
Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, baseball games, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Fireworks have been associated with the Fourth of July since 1777.
Amos Mouse (pictured at right), the "Pint-Sized Patriot" from the 1953 animated short, Ben and Me was limited to one year of production (2003 only) and was available exclusively through Independent Retailers. Ben and Me recounts the relationship between Benjamin Franklin (one of founding fathers) and Amos Mouse and how together they assisted Thomas Jefferson in writing the Declaration of Independence.
Happy 4th of July to all who visit either the blog and/or website today.