Dayton, July 8, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
In the history of the United States, July 4 is a very important day when in 1776, the 13 colonies claimed their independence from England. This was an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States of America. Each year, Americans celebrate this historic event also known as the Independence Day of the US.
Sikhs in the city of Dayton, Ohio, also known as the birthplace of Aviation also participated in Independence Day celebrations. Thousands of Americans lined up on the sidewalks of streets, cheering the participants in 4th of July Parade. Different groups participated in the parade including education, commercial organizations, bands, the police, the military and fire department.
Decorated with American flags, banners, the Sikh float was greeted by Americans lined up on the sidewalks or outside their home. The community received warm welcome by audience with wishes of “Happy 4th of July”, “Happy Independence Day.” The unique identity of Sikhs in colorful turbans were also the center of special attention, and many among the Americans showed keen interest in getting information about it. Brochures titled “The Sikhs” were distributed for awareness about the Sikhs. The city also hosted fireworks in the evening.
It is very encouraging now to see more Sikhs in various cities in America participating in such events including multi-cultural festivals, Memorial Day and Independence Day parades. This also allows the American people to be informed about the Sikhs, identity of the Sikhs and contributions made by Sikhs in America in different areas.