Families and friends gather for parades, picnics, and fireworks. However, have you thought about the true meaning of the day?
Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states.
Fireworks, speeches, parties, and general celebrations have marked the day since the 18th century. John Adams did say he hoped the anniversary of independence would be marked for years to come by “guns” and “bonfires” and “illuminations.” Because the first July 4th fireworks happened in the middle of the Revolutionary War, some historians believe they were supposed to be a morale booster.
4 Little Known Facts about July 4th
- Thomas Jefferson is credited for writing most of the Declaration of Independence.
- Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe died on July 4th.
- Yankee Doodle, one of many patriotic songs in the United States, was originally sung prior to the Revolution by British military officers who mocked the unorganized and buckskin-wearing Yankees with whom they fought during the French and Indian War.
- July 4th is currently known as being the biggest hot dog holiday.
With July 4th being a federal holiday most businesses are closed offering employees a paid day off. All of our offices will be closed on July 4th to celebrate with our families and friends. We will open on July 5th so we can assist anyone looking for a new job.
Have a safe and happy July 4th!