Known as the Fourth of July, Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States, which commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the document which declared the states’ independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Americans celebrate the Fourth of July in many ways, most commonly with picnics, parades, barbecues, fairs, carnivals, concerts, outdoor games and family gatherings, and always with fireworks! Besides being a day to show patriotism, where you will see American flag designs on everything from t-shirts to cakes, Independence Day is a true celebration of summer. So, if you want to experience a true American Fourth of July celebration, gather outside with friends, eat great food, play outside games, blast that patriotic music (or go to an outdoor concert) and find a place to watch a fireworks display in the evening!

Virginia International University students and faculty will be celebrating the day by gathering for a breakfast party in the morning and then walking together in the Fairfax Independence Day Parade.

Worldwide, July is a popular time for Independence Day celebrations! Argentina, France, Mongolia and the Bahamas also celebrate their independence in July.

Argentina – July 9th

In Argentina, the day is marked with parades and military exhibitions, outdoor festivals with lots of music and dancing and fireworks displays in the evening. The largest celebration takes place in the capital city of Buenos Aires where hundreds of thousands of people gather to celebrate the day.

Bahamas – July 10th

In the Bahamas, Independence is a week-long celebration which starts on July 3rd and concludes on the actual Independence Day. The week is marked by carnivals and parades, featuring Junkanoo (costumed street dance performers), music and dancing, as well as political speeches and, of course, fireworks.

Mongolia – July 11th

In Mongolia, the Naadam Festival is a three-day celebration which marks the freedom from Chinese rule. The festival begins with a parade featuring traditional Mongolian music and is followed by popular sporting events. Thousands of people gather to watch the archery, wrestling and horse-riding competitions while enjoying traditional cuisine.

France – July 14th

The French Independence Day, also known as Bastille Day, commemorates the storming of the prison of Bastille on July 14, 1789, which marked the start of the French Revolution. Today, the day is celebrated with military exhibitions and parades, lately also featuring military units of French allies, as well as with concerts, fireworks, twinkling lights on the Eiffel Tower and night-long parties.