UAE leaders congratulate President Trump on US Independence Day
The country celebrates its 244th I-Day on July 4.
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of congratulations to President Donald Trump of the United States of America, on the occasion of his country's Independence Day (July 4).
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also dispatched similar messages to President Trump on the occasion.
Fourth of July
The Fourth of July - also known as Independence Day or July 4th - has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.
On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson. (source: history.com)
At the time, America was divided into 13 colonies; New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Providence, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Carolina and Georgia, with citizens paying tax to Britain.
Americans usually celebrate the fourth of July with festivities, including fireworks, parades and concerts to family gatherings and barbecues.
Celebrating I-Day during Covid-19
The US will be celebrating its 244th I-Day during difficult times as the world fights the Covid-19 coronavirus with strict health and safety measures, including social distancing and lockdowns.
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