The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, is a huge deal in the US, sparking celebrations in all states. The federal holiday commemorates the Declaration of Independence in the country, which was signed on July 4, 1776.
Typically, celebrations include incredible firework displays, entire streets in major cities are cordoned off for parades and floats. Some Americans prepare for the celebrations months in advance.
The smell of barbecues in people's yards fill the hot summer air, American flags are not only flown on buildings but worn by people, with funky baseball caps, socks, shorts, and shoes all displaying the red, white and blue star-spangled banner. It's a day of true national patriotism.
The science and tech world definitely didn't stand by watching obliviously. Here are some of our top picks for the best and more interesting ways that the industry celebrated the Fourth of July.
1. Astronauts Send Video Message From Space
Happy Fourth of July from the only two Americans currently not living on planet Earth!
Harnessing their patriotism, they flew the American flag on the ISS' wall behind them and wore suits that bore the flag.
"As we orbit our planet high above you, we want to take a moment and wish all Americans, at home and around the world, a very happy Fourth of July," said Koch in the video.
Take a look yourselves and enjoy a Space celebration:
2. American Social Media companies have fun in their own ways
In a fun and bright tweet, YouTube urged its members, amateurs and professional video makers alike, to join in the fun of the Fourth of July by sending in live streams of their celebrations.
On the other hand, Twitter pulled their own funny joke on the day with their tweet saying they're unavailable, just like when you try to reach someone and they're unreachable.
Sorry we can’t come to the phone right now.— Twitter (@Twitter) July 3, 2019
Please leave a message after the Tweet.
With some flair perhaps they were looking to let users know they were also going to enjoy the Fourth of July with loved ones, too?
3. Tweets From Tech Giants
Elon Musk: Not a direct tweet from Tesla and SpaceX's CEO and founder per se, but his re-tweet of Zack's message, is a short and sweet message simply bearing an American flag. The re-tweet is something to behold, however, as an assembly of red, blue and white Tesla cars form an American flag. Quite the sight!
Tim Cook: The head of Apple tweeted a moving and heart-warming message on Independence Day.
Today and every day, I’m proud to be an American. This #FourthOfJuly, let’s recommit to the sacred principles our country was founded on: Equality, Freedom, Liberty. We must return to the unity our forefathers displayed when they created this exceptional country. 🇺🇸— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) July 4, 2019
A few people didn't say a peep, however. Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO, for example, remained silent on Twitter on the big day. Too busy celebrating with family, perhaps?
4. Incredible Apple and Amazon Discounts
As Americans were celebrating the holiday, many were also shopping on some incredible discounts offered by Apple and Amazon, including other tech companies.
On Amazon, Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro from 2018 went down as much as $250. The discounts included both Wi-Fi and cellular models.
Amazon are continuing the sales on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro models for the rest of the week -- offering the lowest prices the iPads have ever been sold at.
The Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 4 smart watches were also going for sale up to $80 lower than normal prices.
Apple's Echo dot went down by $25 as well. The list continues on these fantastic deals.
5. Science Experiments Created Just For the Fourth of July
Jason Lindsey, also known as Mr. Science, shared fun science experiments specifically tweaked for the Fourth of July celebrations.
From confetti poppies to bubbling festive red, white and blue volcanoes. Mr. Science demonstrated how to create science experiments in a truly fun way.
6. Kids Science Experiments
A way to get the children involved in fun Fourth of July festivities is to get their hands dirty and creating fun science experiments.
There's something for every age, from using Legos to build a version of the American flag, to making fireworks in a jar. Simple, and home-based, this list put together by 'Little Bins For Little Hands' is creative and easy!
7. Google's Doodle
Barbecues and baseball, two of America's favorite pastimes. Especially on the Fourth of July.
Google combined both in one funky, and addictive, game, released on July 4th.
Typical barbecue food items such as steaks, hamburgers and celery sticks, controlled by the player, play a game of ball against a team of peanuts. It's a fun and exhilarating game where you hit the ball by pressing the bat icon - keep your wits about you as it's three strikes or you're out!