Independence Day

US flag made of park-related images with text reading "National Park Service"

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Americans celebrate July 4th as the official birthday of the United States of America, commemorating the vote in favor of independence by the Continental Congress on July 2, 1776. Wider announcements to the public followed two days later. Throughout the week of July 4th, families and friends gather for food, fireworks, and fun while also reflecting on freedom and liberty for all Americans.

National parks are home to many of the nation’s most beloved monuments, historic sites, hallowed grounds, and iconic landscapes. Celebrate Independence Day by finding a park, joining an event, reflecting on history, or enjoying the great outdoors!

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Set the calendar to July to find Independence Day events at national parks across the country, including fireworks, parades, memorial services, history talks, and more.

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Last updated: January 24, 2023