In pics: America celebrates its 241st Independence Day

July 4 is marked the Independence Day in American history, when 13 American colonies declared freedom from the Great Britain in 1776

Pre-celebrations for the 4th of July

A Donald Trump look-alike walks through the crowd on the eve of American Independence Day.

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Donald Trump sings the national anthem with First Lady

President Donald trump sang the National Anthem during the military families picnic at the White House. He addressed all the members of the services before the annual fireworks at the National Mall.
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US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump

"And I want to just tell you that our country is doing really, really well" he said during the speech. 4th of July is celebrated as the Independence day of the United States. On this day in 1776, the "Declaration of Independence" was adopted. (AFP)

A stilt walker as Uncle Sam walking through the parade

The United States got its nickname, Uncle Sam on September 7, 1813. The name is inspired by Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812.

The soldiers began referring to the grub as “Uncle Sam’s.” The local newspaper picked up on the story and Uncle Sam eventually gained widespread acceptance as the nickname for the U.S. federal government.

The war of 1812 was fought between the US and the UK and its allies. (AFP)

A picture from the 4th of July parade

Here is someone dressed as iconic US president, Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States, and is revered for the Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished slavery forever in 1863.

The day also celebrates America's rich history of political reforms and war victories. (AFP)

Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island

It is believed that on July 4, 1916, four immigrants contested for a hot dog eating match, which would prove as to who was more patriotic among them.

Ever since, a hot dog eating contest has been organised at Nathan's Famous stand on Coney Island, the location where the contest was originally held.

This year, Joey Chestnut won the contest. (Reuters)

Man dressed in a costume cheering outside the National Archives show

The American Revolution (1775-83) is also known as the American Revolutionary War and the U.S. War of Independence.

The conflict arose after decade long enstrangements between the 13 North American colonies and the colonial government, which represented the British crown.

These colonies were: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. (AFP)

Fireworks explode for the celebration

In April 1775, clashes between British troops and colonial military men kicked off the conflict in Lexington and Concord.

By the following summer, a full scale war had already started, as rebels pursued their independence.

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted which stated that the thirteen colonies were no longer a part of Great Britain. (AFP)

People watch fireworks exploding for the celebration of Independence Day in the US

However the war had not yet stopped, which went on (passive and active) till 1783.

Until early 1778 the conflict was within the British Empire, but when France (in 1778), Spain (in 1779), and the Netherlands (in 1780) joined the colonies against Britain, it turned ways from being a civil war to an international one.

After French assistance helped the Continental Army force the British surrender in 1781, the Americans had effectively won their independence. (AFP)

Fireworks at East River on the South Brooklyn route of a New York City ferry

Sea power had always been important in determining the course of the war. It helped the British strategy and compensated for the relatively lesser troops sent to America, although in the end it enabled the French to help bring about the final British surrender at Yorktown, Virginia in 1781. (AFP)

The Empire State Building on the 4th of July

George Washington, became the first President of the United States in 1789, serving two terms.

He was a politician and soldier. He is also one of the founding fathers of America, among Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. (AFP)