Independence Day is an American holiday, also commonly known simply as the Fourth of July, which commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. The document, written and signed by future presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson as well as statesman Benjamin Franklin, stated the original Thirteen Colonies no longer had allegiance to the British king.
Although the Ministry of Magic and MACUSA remained neutral during the Revolutionary War, many American witches and wizards participated by secretly protecting their No-Maj neighbors. Later they would also celebrate Independence Day, although not directly with the No-Majs (Pm: MACUSA).
Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue; many take advantage of the day off and, in some years, a long weekend to gather with relatives or friends. Decorations (e.g., streamers, balloons, and clothing) are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades are often held in the morning, before family get-togethers, while fireworks displays occur in the evening after dark at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares. ... Independence Day fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs such as the national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner,", "God Bless America,", "America the Beautiful," "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," "This Land Is Your Land," "Stars and Stripes Forever," and, regionally, "Yankee Doodle" in northeastern states and "Dixie" in southern states. Some of the lyrics recall images of the Revolutionary War or the War of 1812.