Traditions on July 4

By Jordan Tyler

The tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.

On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

Many campers here had cookouts and some even slept the whole day. They had time to rest from the first day of camp. Some campers had said, “I had hot dogs and hamburgers." That has become a tradition in many campers’ backyards. They have come back ready and excited ready for camp. Here are many things campers have done.


Outdoor BBQs are common. Family and friends together to cook burgers, hot dogs and steaks and such on an outdoor grill, drink soda, and hang out. In areas where it's allowed, it's fairly common for people to purchase and light off backyard fireworks during the day and evening. Larger, public fireworks displays take place in the evening after sundown. Some communities will have July 4th parades and other community-wide celebrations, often with patriotic themes (marching veterans, police officers, and such).