The United States celebrates Independence Day Thursday.
begin as The Killers play on the South Lawn of the White House during
the Fourth of July celebration. July 4, 2010. (Official White House
Photo by Pete Souza)
July 4 marks the 237th anniversary of the American Declaration of
Independence from British rule.
U.S. citizens traditionally celebrate with parades, picnics, fireworks,
ball games and concerts. Fourth of July decorations feature the colors
of the American flag -- red, white, and blue.
the Statue of Liberty, a universal symbol of freedom and democracy,
welcomes visitors for the first time since Hurricane Sandy slammed into
New York last year. The 93-meter statue was not damaged in the storm,
but the tiny island it sits on was devastated. Hundreds of construction
workers have been working on the repairs.
Washington holds an annual Fourth of July celebration on The National
Mall. This year, singer/composer Barry Manilow is the headline
entertainer. Fireworks will light up the capital's sky after the
Drafted by Thomas Jefferson in June 1776, the Declaration of
Independence is America's most cherished symbol of freedom. The
Continental Congress formally approved the document weeks later on July