Let’s Celebrate Independence DayJuly 4, 2012
As you are preparing for your neighborhood parade and back yard get together, I thought it would be appropriate to brush up on a little 4th of July history so you can share it with your family and friends. A quick summary of our Independence Day holiday is below but the entire article can be found in the link at the end of this post. Enjoy the day as you celebrate our independence. Also, a special thanks to all of our veterans and soldiers who serve and protect this great country. Happy 4th of July.
The Fourth of July (aka Independence Day) has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.