Independence Day

  • Happy Independence Day

    July 3, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    As we celebrate the 4th of July with parades, barbecues, picnics and fireworks with our friends and family this week, we remember some of the events that led to our nation's independence.  Our forefathers bravely fought to gain our freedom and dedicated their lives to this endeaver.  In 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary war weighed a resolution that would declare 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.

     

    In 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday and it has been celebrated every year as an important national holiday and a symbol of patriotism.  In addition to fireworks and patriotic songs, a salute of one gun for each state in the United States, called a “salute to the union,” is fired on Independence Day at noon by any capable military base.

    Wishing all of you a safe and happy Independence Day.

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