his year we’ve decided to celebrate Independence Day by creating a gallery for you of tattoos of symbols of the United States of America

Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, is the national holiday in the United States.

David Bruehl, Redletter1, Tampa, USA
David Bruehl, Redletter1, Tampa, USA

The reason it is celebrated on that day is because it was on July 4th 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the first thirteen American colonies when they broke away from Great Britain. It was a hugely important historic event which would have an impact on all of mankind. On this day, therefore, there is a whole series of celebrations and events connected with the history, government and traditions of the United States of America.

Dean Denney, Serpent & the Rainbow Tattoo, Asheville, USA
Dean Denney, Serpent & the Rainbow Tattoo, Asheville, USA

At twelve noon on July 4th in all American military bases a ceremony takes place called “Salute to the Union” during which as many shots are fired (fifty in all) as there are states in the USA.

During the American Revolution, legal separation from Great Britain actually took place on July 2nd 1776 when the Second Congress voted in favour of the resolution of independence proposed by Richard Henry Lee. Subsequently, Congress drew up the Declaration of Independence, a bureaucratic document which explained in fine detail how they had come to break away from the British crown.

Paul Dobleman, Spider Murphy's Tattoo, San Rafael, USA
Paul Dobleman, Spider Murphy’s Tattoo, San Rafael, USA

The main author of this groundbreaking document was the renowned statesman Thomas Jefferson; Congress then debated it in detail, revised it and finally, approved it on July 4th. Most of the signatories only signed it on the following August 2nd but nonetheless, despite this historical incongruence, it is the fourth of July which has remained in the collective imagination of the American people.

Some important years associated with the Fourth of July are 1778 when future president George Washington (elected on 30th April 1779) celebrated the day with a double ration of rum for his soldiers and artillery shells fired into the air.

Chris Stuart, Made To Last Tattoo, Charlotte, USA
Chris Stuart, Made To Last Tattoo, Charlotte, USA

In 1779, the Fourth of July fell on a Sunday, so the celebrations were held the following day, on Monday 5th July.

In 1781, Massachusetts was the first state to recognise the Fourth of July as a national holiday and it soon spread all over the American continent while the term “Independence Day” which is still in use today, was first pronounced in 1791.

Daniel Sawyer, Sawyer Family Tattooing, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Daniel Sawyer, Sawyer Family Tattooing, Amsterdam, Netherlands

So now that we’ve got that clear, a happy Fourth of July to al our American readers! And enjoy our gallery of tattoos dedicated to the legendary standing of the United States of America!

Dan Smith, Captured Tattoo, Tustin, USA
Dan Smith, Captured Tattoo, Tustin, USA