2. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>“ The Fourth of July” is “America´s birthday”. The National Day of The United States in which all Americans remember the ideals of liberty and equality for everybody. It´s associated with fireworks, barbecues, concerts, baseball games, political speeches, etc. </li></ul>
3. THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION Around 1765 in America there were 13 British colonies and the Americans started to protest because of the high taxes to Great Britain, so the interest of an independent America with its own government began. As soon as the Americans decided to achieve this the Revolution started. During the America Revolution, the legal separation of the thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776. And, a group of American like, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and others, wrote The Declaration of Independence. In which they wanted equality and liberty for all men. And, of course, the creation of The United States of America.
4. The war continued after this. And the French took part with the Americans in 1778, and in 1781 American and French soldiers won an important battle in Virginia. So, 2 years later, America and Great Britain signed the final peace treaty in Paris. Then, U.S.A became an Independence Nation. On 4 July this document was approved and in 8 July it was read in public. This was in Philadelphia, Pensilvania. After reading it, they rang a bell. So, it became a tradition called the Liberty Bell.
5. THE AMERICAN FLAG <ul><li>Betsy Ross made the first american flag in 1776. It had thirteen red and white stripes and a circle of thirteen white stars on a blue background. </li></ul><ul><li>In June 1777 the ultimate American flag was ready. This was composed of fifty white stars but remained the thirteen stripes. </li></ul><ul><li>Americans call their Flag ‘The Stars and Stripes’. </li></ul>
6. INDEPENDENCE DAY TODAY <ul><li>There are American flags in every public building or school. People put the flag outside their windows or in their gardens and they salute it every morning. </li></ul><ul><li>Every city organizes celebrations and there are decorations with the three colours of the flag on the streets. </li></ul><ul><li>Families prepare picnics and barbecues and they eat hamburguers, hot dogs, potato salad, chocolate cake and ice cream. </li></ul><ul><li>In the west there are spectacular rodeos, events with cowboys, and in the East there are historic parades with people in traditional costumes. </li></ul>
7. The movie “Independence Day” starring Will Smith take place on the Fourth of July. The movie narrates the story about a hostile alien invasion of Earth.