During the American Civil War, Independence Day was celebrated quite differently across the country. With the country in turmoil, the South had the dilemma of wondering if they should even be celebrating Independence Day. They decided that, as ex-Americans, they should not proceed with the usual celebration of Independence Day. Instead, some members of the South just held a brief business meeting on the evening of the Fourth. Meanwhile, the North still celebrated the birth of the United States of America. It wasn't the cheerful celebration Americans enjoy today, but it was seen upon as a day to show the brighter days ahead despite the struggle of the war.