Independence Day is one of the most important federal holidays in our country. It recognizes the day in 1776 when the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed the independence of a new United States of America from Great Britain and its king.
Each year, many Americans take a day off to spend time with family and friends, watch fireworks, and celebrate in honor of this day. It always occurs on July 4.
It is also a day filled with travel. It is estimated that more than 40 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home for an Independence Day event. The roads are crowded, some people are driving in unfamiliar areas, and some may be impaired as well.
Let the Florida 511 Traveler Information System help you and your family get to a patriotic celebration or gathering. The system can help you plan out the trip at home, provide up to three routes, show congestion and incidents along the way, and help you arrive more efficiently, safely, and with less stress.
There are many celebrations in Florida this Independence Day. Three larger fireworks shows are in Pensacola, Altamonte Springs and Miami. Most cities and many communities have their own events.The History Channel has videos and articles about this important observance, if you would like to learn more.