By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico will host a virtual Fourth of July celebration for the U.S. expat community in Mexico on Saturday, July 4, starting at 9 a.m. local time.
The gala online event will be hosted by U.S. Ambassador Christopher Landau and his wife Caroline Landau and will de in lieu of the traditional Fourth of July reception due to the continued covid-19 pandemic shutdown.
U.S. Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States and the adoption of that country’s July 4, 1776, Declaration of Independence.
On that date, the Continentals Congress declared the 13 American colonies an independent nation that was no longer a part of the British Empire, although the congress had actually voted to separate from Britain two days earlier.
At the root of the colonies’ declaration was their inconformity with the idea of taxation by the British Crown without representation, which led to an eight-year Revolutionary War.
The signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence did not, in fact, end that war.
The conflict continued until the 1783 Treaty of Paris.
Even after the Treaty of Paris, the Fourth of July was not always observed as a national holiday for decades to come, although in some parts of the country it has been celebrated with fireworks, speeches and parties since the 18th century.
The U.S. Congress declared the day an unpaid national holiday for federal workers in 1870, and in 1938 it became a paid holiday across the country.
Over the years, the significance of the day has transformed and become a symbol of the United States’ unfailing commitment to democracy and freedom for its people.
In modern times, fireworks displays and picnics became the most well-known activities associated with the holiday, although this year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, those types of celebrations have been suspended in most parts of the country.
Happy Fourth of July to the United States and all her citizens, at home and abroad.