July 4th (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. The History Channel has a great infographic of interesting facts about how Americans celebrate Independence Day. They also have a lot more great info on The Birth of American Independence, check out these entertaining and informative links: http://www.history.com/topics/july-4th http://www.history.com/topics/july-4th/interactives/4th-of-july-by-the-numbers
The 4th of July holiday is a major focus of leisure activities and a common occasion for family get-togethers, often involving fireworks and outdoor barbecues. The holiday also represents the height of summer vacation season. Everybody deserves a little time off. If you need extra money to make that vacation happen give us a call at 800-892-3006 or stop by any office. We’re always happy to do anything we can to help.
Enjoy the holiday and be safe!