Fourth of July

noun phrase

the Fourth of July
: July 4 observed as a legal holiday in the U.S. in commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 : the Fourth

called also Independence Day

Examples of Fourth of July in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Decision to change Wauwatosa Fourth of July fireworks first discussed in October meeting, according to minutes Since last year's Fourth of July festivities, the commission has brought up issues and alternatives for the traditional fireworks show, meeting minutes show. Bridget Fogarty, Journal Sentinel, 19 Feb. 2024 Alabama is bracing for a busy - and hot - Fourth of July weekend. Ramsey Archibald |, al, 28 June 2023 With that, see you back here next week for all things Fourth of July! Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 25 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Fourth of July was in 1779

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“Fourth of July.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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