4th of July 2012

This Land Is Your Land

Independence Day 4th of July 2012 Google Doodle

Today 4th of July the United States of America is celebrating the declaration of independence of the United States. On the 4th of July 4, 1976 the United States declared its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Modern day Independence day is often celebrated with fireworks, barbecues, parades, fairs, baseball games, carnivals and family reunions.

"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself." 4th of July ~Thomas Paine

Independence Day is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. If you drive through the streets you will see Americans displaying the US Flag everywhere. Flags flapping on roads have become a signature part of celebrating the 4th of July. They join the familiar flags on patriotic holidays - those that mark the gravestones of veterans in cemeteries - and the flags that fly year-round at town halls, police and fire stations and other public buildings.

Traditional 4th of July Songs

 

Independence Day fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs such as the national anthem "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "Stars and Stripes Forever", "God Bless America", "America the Beautiful", "This Land Is Your Land", "The Star-Spangled Banner", "Yankee Doodle" in northeastern states and "Dixie" in southern states.

Original Lyrics for "This Land is Your Land"

This land is your land, this land is my land

From California to the New York Island

From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters

This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking that ribbon of highway

I saw above me that endless skyway

I saw below me that golden valley

This land was made for you and me.

I roamed and I rambled and I followed my footsteps

To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts

While all around me a voice was sounding

This land was made for you and me.

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling

And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling

A voice was chanting, As the fog was lifting,

This land was made for you and me.

This land is your land, this land is my land

From California to the New York Island

From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters

This land was made for you and me.

Unique and Historical 4th of July Celebrations

Here is a list of some of the more traditional and historical celebrations of the 4th of July in the United States – Source Wikipedia Independence Day

  • Held since 1785, the Bristol Fourth of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island is the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States.
  • Since 1868, Seward, Nebraska has held a celebration on the same town square. In 1979 Seward was designated “America’s Official Fourth of July City-Small Town USA” by resolution of Congress. Seward has also been proclaimed Nebraska’s Official Fourth of July City” by Governor James Exon in proclamation. Seward is a town of 6,000 but swells to 40,000+ during the July 4 celebrations.
  • Since 1912, the Rebild Society, a Danish-American friendship organization, has held a July 4 weekend festival that serves as a homecoming for Danish-Americans in the Rebild section of Denmark.
  • Since 1916, Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City supposedly started as a way to settle a dispute among four immigrants as to who was the most patriotic.
  • Since 1959, the International Freedom Festival is jointly held in Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario during the last week of June each year as a mutual celebration of Independence Day and Canada Day (July 1). It culminates in a large fireworks display over the Detroit River.
  • Numerous major and minor league baseball games are played on Independence Day.
  • The famous Macy's fireworks display usually held over the East River in New York City has been televised nationwide on NBC since 1976. In 2009, the fireworks display was returned to the Hudson River for the first time since 2000 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's exploration of that river.
  • Since 1970, the annual 10 kilometer Peachtree Road Race is held in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • The Boston Pops Orchestra has hosted a music and fireworks show over the Charles River Esplanade called the "Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular" annually since 1973.[25] The event was broadcast nationally from 1987 until 2002 on the A&E Network, and has aired since 2003 on CBS.
  • On the Capitol lawn in Washington, D.C., “A Capitol Fourth,” a free concert, precedes the fireworks and attracts over half a million people annually.

4th of July 2012 Google Doodle

On the 4th of July 2012 Google announced Independence day with a Google Logo dressed up in the colors of the United States. The letters of the Google Doodle is made up of words from the song "This land was made for you and me". In the Google Doodle there was also a banjo that formed part of the letter "l" in the 4th of July 2012 Google Doodle.

 

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