Have a happy and safe Independence Day

First … Remember… Always swim near a lifeguard!

Independence Day (colloquially the Fourth of July or July 4) 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 (and subordinate) to the monarch of BritainKing George III, and were now united, free, and independent states.[1] The Congress had voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2, but it was not declared until July 4.[1]

Observance

  • In 1779, July 4 fell on a Sunday. The holiday was celebrated on Monday, July 5.[18]
  • In 1781, the Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration.[18]
  • In 1783, Salem, North Carolina, held a celebration with a challenging music program assembled by Johann Friedrich Peter entitled The Psalm of Joy. The town claims it to be the first public July 4 event, as it was carefully documented by the Moravian Church, and there are no government records of any earlier celebrations.[19]
  • In 1870, the U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees.[20]
  • In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.[21]

July 1, 2021

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