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. (AFP)
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)
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)
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)