So this week, Americans are celebrating the birth of their nation by gorging themselves with hot dogs and watching fireworks explode. It is pretty close how the founding fathers imagined us celebrating this important day. In 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that Independence Day would be “solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more”…
Interesting facts about the Independence Day
Adams pictured a grand anniversary festival commemorating the day of the historic vote on independence on July 2nd 1776. Yes, July 2nd! You may wonder do we celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July and not de 2nd. After they agreed on independence, the representatives would spend the next two days editing, arguing over and reediting the declaration of independence. Congress officially adopted the declaration on July 4th 1776. The date was written prominently on the top of the document and became the one that would be celebrated “forever more”. However, and unlike what’s depicted in popular culture like the amazing musical film called “1776” featuring William Daniels as John Adam, the 56 delegates did not all sign the declaration on the 4th. Most of them signed it on August 2nd, and the last delegates didn’t sign it until more than a year later.
Celebrate July 4th “à la Parisienne”!
As an American student in Paris, you’re certainly looking for events that celebrate American culture and Parisian life. The American Business School of Paris gives you some cool ideas:
·Experience the Euromania
Even if there won’t be any Euro football game that day, you may hang out in pubs and chat with fans from all Europe! Football bars are usually lively and very bustling.
·Belushi’s – 159 Rue de Crimee, 75019 Paris
Great live music, epic beer pongs, BBQ Burgers, red, white and blue flags everywhere… Belushi’s put on a great spread for the Independence Day!
·Ratatat at L’Olympia
The Brooklyn-based electronic duo will rock the stage at L’Olympia on 4th July at 8:00 PM. The band’s live performances bear strong similarities to those of famous psychedelic artists out of San Francisco in the 1960s, with swirling colors and funky grooves.