Find sources: "U. Main article: U. Route 4 in New York. Route 4 in Vermont. Route 4 in New Hampshire. Main article: Special routes of U. Route 4. United States Numbered Highway System. Mainline highways Divided routes Special routes. Routes in italics are no longer a part of the system.
Highlighted routes are considered main routes of the system. Categories : U. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject and subordinate to the monarch of Britain , King George III , and were now united, free, and independent states. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks , parades , barbecues , carnivals , fairs , picnics , concerts , baseball games , family reunions , political speeches , and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.
Independence Day is the national day of the United States. During the American Revolution , the legal separation of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain in actually occurred on July 2, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain's rule.
Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration to remove its vigorous denunciation of the slave trade , finally approving it two days later on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail :. The second day of July , will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.
It ought to 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. Adams's prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.
Historians have long disputed whether members of Congress signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day.
Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, , and not on July 4 as is commonly believed. By a remarkable coincidence, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the only two signatories of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as presidents of the United States , both died on the same day: July 4, , which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration, Jefferson even mentioning the fact.
Independence Day is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. Similar to other summer-themed events, Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors. Many politicians make it a point on this day to appear at a public event to praise the nation's heritage, laws, history, society, and people.
According to 5 U. While the legal holiday remains on July 4, if that date happens to be on a Saturday or Sunday, then federal government employees will instead take the day off on the adjacent Friday or Monday, respectively. Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue; many take advantage of the day off and, in some years, a long weekend to gather with relatives or friends.
Decorations e. Parades are often held in the morning, before family get-togethers, while fireworks displays occur in the evening after dark at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares. The night before the Fourth was once the focal point of celebrations, marked by raucous gatherings often incorporating bonfires as their centerpiece. In New England , towns competed to build towering pyramids, assembled from barrels and casks. They were lit at nightfall to usher in the celebration.
The highest were in Salem, Massachusetts , with pyramids composed of as many as forty tiers of barrels. These made the tallest bonfires ever recorded. The custom flourished in the 19th and 20th centuries and is still practiced in some New England towns. Some of the lyrics recall images of the Revolutionary War or the War of Firework shows are held in many states, and many fireworks are sold for personal use or as an alternative to a public show.
Safety concerns have led some states to ban fireworks or limit the sizes and types allowed. In addition, local and regional weather conditions may dictate whether the sale or use of fireworks in an area will be allowed. Some local or regional firework sales are limited or prohibited because of dry weather or other specific concerns. On these occasions the public may be prohibited from purchasing or discharging fireworks, but professional displays such as those at sports events may still take place, if certain safety precautions have been taken.
A salute of one gun for each state in the United States, called a "salute to the union," is fired on Independence Day at noon by any capable military base. New York City has the largest fireworks display in the country sponsored by Macy's , with more than 22 tons of pyrotechnics exploded in The first week of July is typically one of the busiest United States travel periods of the year, as many people use what is often a three-day holiday weekend for extended vacation trips.
In addition to a fireworks show, Miami , Florida , lights one of its tallest buildings with the patriotic red, white and blue color scheme on Independence Day. New York City's fireworks display, shown above over the East Village , is sponsored by Macy's and is the largest  in the country. Towns of all sizes hold celebrations. Shown here is a fireworks display in America's most eastern town, Lubec, Maine , population 1, Canada is across the channel to the right.
Fireworks in Narberth, Pennsylvania. The Philippines celebrates July 4 as its Republic Day to commemorate that day in when it ceased to be an U. In , the name of the July 4 holiday was changed to Republic Day. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. National holiday in the United States. For the date of the holiday, see July 4. For other uses, see Fourth of July disambiguation. Displays of fireworks, such as these over the Washington Monument in , take place across the United States on Independence Day.
Play media. Please note that most Federal employees work on a Monday through Friday schedule. For these employees, when a holiday falls on a nonworkday -- Saturday or Sunday -- the holiday usually is observed on Monday if the holiday falls on Sunday or Friday if the holiday falls on Saturday.
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There are several hills before the intersection where the two roads split in Whitehall. US 4 continues along its final stretch after NY 22, passing fields and such to the state line, where it continues into Vermont. In , the New York State Legislature created Route 43, an unsigned legislative route extending from the southern village line of Stillwater to the western village line of Schuylerville via the hamlet of Quaker Springs.
The first set of posted routes in New York were assigned in Two of the routes assigned at this time were NY 6 , a north—south route extending from the New York City line to the Canadian border , and NY 30 , another north—south route connecting NY 6 in Mechanicville to the Vermont state line west of Fair Haven.
It headed northward from there to Vermont on modern US 4. By , NY 30 was rerouted north of Whitehall to continue north toward the Canadian border. The old alignment of NY 30 between Whitehall and Vermont was not assigned a new number. In the original plans for the U. Highway System , the north—south highway along the western bank of the Hudson River was designated as US 9 while the highway on the eastern bank was assigned US Also in the original plans was US 4, which was assigned to all of NY 30's original alignment between Glens Falls and the Vermont state line.
When U. Highways were first posted in New York in , US 9 was restored to its originally planned alignment between Albany and Glens Falls via Waterford and Mechanicville while the US designation went unassigned. The NY 6 designation was completely removed at this time. The portion of US 9's former routing between Waterford and Mechanicville as well as all of US 9E north of US 20 became a southward extension of US 4, which left its original alignment in Hudson Falls and followed a previously unnumbered riverside highway south to Northumberland.
In between Northumberland and Mechanicville, it utilized the former routing of NY 30, which was reassigned to another highway as part of the renumbering. Virtually all of US 4 south of Hudson Falls initially overlapped other routes, all of which were assigned as part of the renumbering.
The realignment moved the northern end of the overlap southward to the junction of US 4 and Winter Street in North Greenbush. Most of the overlaps were eliminated as time went on. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Highway in New York. This article is about the section of U. Route 4 in New York. For the entire route, see U. Route 4. Concurrency terminus. OCLC Retrieved November 7, — via Wikimedia Commons.
New York State Department of Transportation. July 22, Retrieved September 17, Retrieved February 1, Retrieved May 30, March 2, Retrieved March 28, I Love New York. Albany, NY : J. Lyon Company. Report of the State Commissioner of Highways. Albany, NY: J. The New York Times. December 21, Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. Rand McNally and Company. Retrieved December 27, Chicago: Automobile Blue Book, Inc. This edition shows U. Routes as they were first officially signed in January 12, Cartography by General Drafting.
Standard Oil Company of New York. Texas Oil Company. Gulf Oil Company. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Wikimedia Commons. Add links. US 4 highlighted in red. Lakes to Locks Passage. US 4 at the Vermont state line in Hampton.
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