For many Americans, the 4th of July marks the beginning of summer and we use this holiday to celebrate with our family and friends outdoors and soak up the sun! Also known as Independence Day it 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. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.
When we celebrate the upcoming Holiday let us remember those men and women of the Armed Forces and First Responder units that made it possible for us to enjoy our freedom and independence.