Simply stated, “The main reason we celebrate the Declaration of Independence on the fourth of July is because that was the day it was adopted by the colonies in 1776, and essentially the day that the United States of America was born.

That was the day in history that the United States became a free and independent state from England.”

Many communities commemorate this special day with a fireworks demonstration.

Cars lined each side of the four-lane highway at Lake Guntersville as vehicles had pulled precariously close to the guardrails and prepared for the year’s greatest fireworks show.

Looking across the water toward the beaches, crowds clustered on the water’s edge with folding chairs, blankets and other conveniences to have a shoreline view.

Parents and grandparents waited patiently for the nighttime festivities, fighting with mosquitoes, children and grandchildren.

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