Fourth of July
The Fourth of July (July 4th), also known as Independence Day, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

Literary commentEdit

The Fourth of July is referenced or celebrated by characters in numerous Harry Turtledove works with a point of divergence after 1776. It is rarely relevant to the plot or helpful in defining the nature of any particular timeline.

Fourth of July in The Valley-Westside WarEdit

More than a century after the atomic war of 1967, people of The Valley - one of countless tiny nation-states arising from the former United States - still celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks.[1] Liz Mendoza noticed that Dan of the Valley referred to himself as an American, rather than a Valley man, when he talked of heated topics such as the Fourth of July or the Russians.[2]


  1. The Valley-Westside War, p. 122.
  2. Ibid, p. 129.

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