July 4th is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors.
Independence Day is a federal holiday, so all non-essential federal institutions (like the postal service and federal courts) are closed on that day.
Many politicians make it a point on the 4th of July to appear at a public event to praise the nation's heritage, laws, history, society, and people.
Families often celebrate July 4th by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue and take advantage of the day off and, in some years, long weekend to
gather with relatives. Decorations (e.g., streamers, balloons, and clothing) are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag.
Parades are often in the morning of July 4th, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.