Jehovah's Witnesses say they cannot celebrate any political holidays including the 4th of July because they are 'politically neutral'.
JW's are 'no part of this world'. The Bible says, 'If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.' John 15:19 NIV
Jehovah's Witnesses believe that all political governments and religions, other than theirs are dominated by Satan the Devil. They believe these human institutions will be destroyed by Jehovah at armageddon. Jehovah's Witnesses believe they are of this world but not part of it. They are not involved. They are politically neutral.
Jehovah's Witnesses are sometimes accused of being unpatriotic. However they are proud of their political neutrality. They believe God loves his people worldwide, no matter what country they live in.
They will not defend their country. They will not go to war and kill their brothers and sisters in other countries. They do not believe in fighting for their country. They put their trust in God to protect them.
Jehovah's Witnesses will not celebrate any political holidays. They won't run for political office. They will not even vote. They always choose to be politically neutral. This strong conviction sets Jehovah's Witnesses apart from other religions.
Inspite of this, Jehovah's Witnesses are known for being peaceful, law abiding citizens who respect their country and love their neighbors.
This is why Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate the 4th of July. They are politically neutral. They do not celebrate any political or religious holidays other than the memorial of Christ's death.
Critics argue JW's are not politically neutral. It just looks like they're politically neutral because they don't vote, go to war, etc. But that doesn't mean they're 'politically neutral'.
The real reason why they can't get celebrate the 4th of July is because their political affiliation, allegiance, and loyalty is to Jehovah's world wide theocratic government (i.e. Watchtower). Read more
Just because JW's can't celebrate Independence Day does not mean they can't celebrate other important events. Certain celebrations are allowed and looked forward to. Learn more about how Jehovah's Witnesses view the holidays.