Independence Day, commonly known as July 4th or the Fourth of July, commemorates the Continental Congress’ adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The document, primarily written by Thomas Jefferson, served as a formal announcement that the 13 American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire and would henceforth be free and independent states. Regarded as the birthday of the United States of America, the day is typically celebrated with parades, fireworks, ceremonies, barbecues and family gatherings. By the way, can you name the 13 original colonies?
In 2004, Clay Aiken sang in Washington DC for the PBS Capitol 4th. Besides singing the Star Spangled Banner, Clay sang God Bless The USA and Measure of A Man. The audience was huge in spite of the stormy weather. We got lots of clack from that wonderful performance.