Fireworks Sparkle Over Dockyard Night Sky

July 3, 2011

Yesterday evening [July 2] fireworks lit up the night’s sky over Dockyard, as American residents in Bermuda and their friends began their celebrations marking U.S. Independence Day.

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Independence Day – more commonly known as the Fourth of July – is a holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 – a decision which granted the United States independence from Great Britain.

The U.S Congress voted on July 2, 1776 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. And two days later – July 4 – the wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved by Congress.

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Last year U.S Consul Grace Shelton said, “In addition to celebrating America’s devotion to the ideals of liberty and equality, Independence Day is also a way to bring Americans and Bermudians together to enhance friendship and understanding.”

“We share a 400 year old history, and that is something to celebrate as we move together into the future. Together with the 9000 Americans resident on the Island, I am delighted to celebrate Independence Day with our Bermudian neighbors.”

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