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The story behind a national holiday in the United States

The Fourth of July is the day that the United States of America became an independent country and ceased to be a colony of Britain. What culminated in the independence of the North American country were disagreements between American colonists and the British; the disagreements had resulted in the outbreak of war which ended with an independent country when America accepted the Declaration of Independence on July 4 in around the mid-18th century. The day has been a holiday in the United States for over seventy years now. It is celebrated with a spectacular display of fireworks by the American retail company Macy’s, every year in New York but as an American you can take part in the celebrations yourself in your own house in many ways, such as baking a chocolate cake featuring the colors of the flag of the United States in colored buttercream swirls atop the cake.