U.S. Independence Day On Twitter: Showbreaking Fireworks

This year’s American Independence Day was celebrated yesterday on the 4th of July, and from all accounts with a big bang! The once a year date which signifies American freedom allows everybody to get together and mark the special occasion, whether its a meal or in a lot of cases, big firework displays. Search engine “Google” had their own ideas on how to celebrate with a redesigned Google Doodle, making it as PopHerald.com reported, the 12th time that they have celebrated American Independence Day. Along with this, here at OSM, we brought you news that Joe Biden U.S. Vice President had taken to social networking site Twitter to wish everybody a “happy 4th of July.”

Courtesy of Mashable, they have managed to put together some of the best firework displays via a small collection of photos. Let us know your favorite, if we had to choose we would pick the display that towers over the White House, Washington D.C. and second place going to Macy’s showpiece.

However you decided to celebrate the 4th of July, some Americans its been reported, have mixed feelings towards the message trying to be portrayed. According to uk.ibtimes.com, a survey was carried out on a number of Americans. The results concluded with many feeling that the big nation had lost it’s way in classifying itself as the “world’s sole remaining superpower.” This as comments came in, could be the results of weakened economic times or even national security threats from abroad.

Americans emphasized that their nation is feeling pressured and words were used such as “challenged.” Another Marist poll showed that a percentage of people within the U.S. didn’t really know the background towards the 4th July and its full meaning. A big 50% knew that America declared its independence in 1776, with a much smaller 16% not knowing the official 4th July date, with 31% of the younger generation not knowing who the U.S. declared the independence from.

The latter could stem from the way in which American history is now taught in schools, with some questioning whether enough information is transferred to students, should topics of discussion such as Independence Day feature more on the curriculum?

Tell us what you did to celebrate Indpendence Day 2011? Did you watch a big firework display and where? Do Americans know enough about what the day signifies?