Americans first declared independence from the British crown in July, making this a special month in America

Learn about our most patriotic holiday and the celebrated push for freedom. Learn how to find opportunities to get outside and volunteer your time to help preserve America’s national parks, and read about a national park that’s full of historic treasures.

The Most Patriotic Day of the Year

On July 4, Americans celebrate the birth of the United States. Some grill a special outdoor meal with family and friends. Others go to the beach to relax, swim, and play. Nearly everyone looks forward to dazzling fireworks. Some of the biggest celebrations include the incredible fireworks show in the New York City, the Boston Pops Firework Spectacular in Boston and A Capitol Fourth in Washington, D.C.

Fun Facts About the Declaration of Independence

America's most treasured document was approved on July 4, 1776. Did you know...

  • The Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4, but it wasn’t signed until August 2, 1776
  • It was signed by 56 people
  • Two of the signees became U.S. presidents – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Both leaders died on July 4, 1826 – exactly 50 years after the Declaration was approved.
  • On the back of the Declaration, there's a message written upside down

If you’ll be in Washington, D.C., this summer, visit the National Archives, where you can see this document, as well as the Constitution, and the Bill of Right .

Be a Part of an American Tradition

Do you enjoy spending time outside and being close to nature? Volunteer.gov is a wonderful resource to find volunteer opportunities within national parks and other public lands in the U.S. Donating some of your free time to help preserve America’s natural heritage is a fun way to meet new people and give back. We want to see all the wonderful work you’re doing in the community. Make sure to share photos and videos on Facebook and Instagram using #CIEEGivingBack.

Not Your Typical American Mall

The crowds at this mall aren’t shopping – they’re celebrating U.S. history. The National Mall is home to important historic sites, such as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the U.S. Capitol. War memorials such as the World War II Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorate the lives of fallen soldiers. The National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Castle, and other museums also are located in this incredible area. With so much to see, it’s no wonder that 24 million people visit the National Mall annually.