During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the 13 colonies from Great Britain occurred, and really, the month of July has never been the same. In fact, the day before the Declaration of Independence was signed, John Adams wrote this letter to his wife, Abigail, condoning all our silly and fun celebratory antics (watermelon seed spitting contests, fireworks, etc.) that take place on July 4th:
...The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.
The second day of July, instead came to be the 4th of July, and so aligned itself with the date shown on the Declaration of Independence.
Thank you, John Adams, for making way for celebration. He must have been a fun guy, don't you think? Strangely, (or maybe not so strange!) both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson--signers of the declaration and past Presidents of the United States of America-- died on the same day: July 4th, 1826, on the 50th anniversary of the signage!
Have a day of pomp and fun in honor of Our Country's birthday. All your celebrating is John Adams approved! :O)