Independence Day 2023; will any of these celebrities be throwing July 4th parties once again this year?
It’s a happy Fourth of July from PeopleWorld to all our readers in the United States, and for those unsure about the reference - read on.
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Independence Day is taking place stateside today, marking the signing of the Declaration of Independence back in 1776 that led to the United States no longer being under British rule. Those thirteen American colonies then declared themselves as a new nation, the United States of America.
The Declaration of Independence, drafted primarily by Thomas Jefferson, outlined the colonists' grievances against British rule and asserted their right to self-governance and individual freedoms. The document declared that all men are created equal and have unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The signing of the declaration marked a significant step towards establishing an independent nation.
Independence Day is celebrated throughout the United States with a variety of events and traditions. These may include parades, fireworks displays, barbecues, family gatherings, concerts, and patriotic ceremonies.
The holiday is an opportunity for Americans to express their national pride, reflect on the nation's history, and honour the sacrifices made by the founding fathers and subsequent generations in the pursuit of freedom and independence.
It’s also an opportunity for celebrities and public figures to throw big parties a few months before the next big US tradition - Thanksgiving. So who might be holding Fourth of July celebrations this year, and will they match up to those PeopleWorld have looked at throughout history?
Who has held Independence Day celebrations before?
Oprah Winfrey's Independence Day Spectacular (2006)
On July 4, 2006, Oprah Winfrey hosted a star-studded Independence Day celebration in South Dakota. The event, called "Oprah's Independence Day Spectacular," featured live music performances, fireworks, and a gathering of thousands of people.
Jennifer Hudson's Performance in Washington, D.C. (2014)
On July 4, 2014, Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson performed during the annual "A Capitol Fourth" concert on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The event, attended by thousands, celebrated Independence Day with live music, patriotic tributes, and a fireworks display.
John Legend's Fourth of July Concert (2020)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing, John Legend held a virtual Fourth of July concert in 2020. The event, titled "John Legend and Family: A Bigger Love Father's Day," featured musical performances by Legend and his family, broadcasting from their home to audiences across the country.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé's Hamptons Party (2018)
On July 4, 2018, Jay-Z and Beyoncé hosted a star-studded Independence Day party in the Hamptons, a luxurious vacation spot in New York. The event included a guest list of A-list celebrities, performances by renowned musicians, and extravagant decorations.
Mariah Carey celebrated Independence Day in 2021 by putting on a personal fireworks display at her home. She shared the experience on social media, capturing the attention of her fans and followers.