USA Independence Day is regarded as the birthday of the United States as a free and independent nation. Most Americans simply call it the "Fourth of July," on which date it always falls.
The holiday recalls the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. At that time, the people of the 13 British colonies located along the eastern coast of what is now the United States were involved in a war over what they considered unjust treatment by the king and parliament in Britain. The war began in 1775. As the war continued, the colonists realized that they were fighting not just for better treatment; they were fighting for freedom from England's rule. The Declaration of Independence, signed by leaders from the colonies, stated this clearly, and for the first time in an official document the colonies were referred to as the United States of America.
Fourth of July is an illustration celebration of America¡¯s Independence Day holiday. Every aspect of family and cross-cultural community life is depicted, from the local parade to the history of the flag, from revolutionary war battles to neighborhood fireworks, barbecues and picnics.
Images of national monuments lit by the glow of fireworks or surrounded by a sky full of red, white and blue balloons vie for your attention with tender renditions of families enjoying the holiday together at the beach, in the backyard and picnicking with friends.
A reminder of the sheer breadth and diversity of the country can be found in the collage of state license plates and in the depiction of people of different cultural backgrounds celebrating in front of the American flag. The flag itself is rendered in a wide variety of illustration styles, both alone and as a backdrop for the holiday festivities.
Beyond the obvious uses in promoting and depicting Fourth of July events, this volume gives you fireworks, food, a cultural mix of illustrated people, and a variety of American historical references to use in all your other projects as well.