July 4, or Independence Day, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain.
The Revolutionary War was fought to cement this declaration. Led by George Washington, the war against the British went on until 1783.
In the United States, July 4 is a federal holiday. Americans celebrate our nation’s birthday with parades, picnics, fireworks and patriotic displays.
Books on the history of the United States can be found in the 973 non-fiction section.