On July 4, 1776 the United States said “screw you and all your taxes” to Great Britain by declaring independence. This pivotal day would forever be known as Independence Day. Every American understands, or should understand, what this holiday means and why it is so important. I know I do. Here are some interesting facts about this holiday.
- John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the only two signers of the Declaration of Independence to become US Presidents.
- Thomas Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence.
- In 1778 General George Washington provided double rum (yes alcohol) to his troops on Independence Day.
- In 1781 Massachusetts was the first state to recognize this day as a holiday or state celebration.
- In 1820 the first official celebration of the 4th was in Eastport Maine.
- In 1870 Congress made the 4th an official “unpaid” holiday for government employees.
- In 1938 Congress changed the “unpaid” to a “paid” holiday for government employees.
- The Philippines celebrate July 4th as Republic Day.
- In Rwanda July 4th is celebrated as Liberation Day.
- The United States is 237 years old.
A BIG THANK YOU to all those that serve in Armed Forces!