Happy 4th of July! Published on July 03, 2016 This 4th of July, Americans everywhere will be grilling out, partying on boats, or attending parades to celebrate the 240th Independence Day of the United States. While hotdogs and fireworks make for the ideal 4th of July, we thought it would be fun to share a few tidbits you may not know about the holiday. Unknown to most, July 2nd is the original Independence Day, but Americans celebrate it on July 4th because Congress accepted Jefferson’s declaration on that day.Three presidents have passed away on America’s Independence Day - John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.The 4th of July was proclaimed a federal holiday in 1870 and Congress again declared the holiday more than 60 years later to guarantee workers had a full day’s pay.The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration of Independence.The U.S.A. has come to expect fireworks on Independence Day each year, possibly because that was precisely how Congress celebrated the first anniversary of accepting of the Declaration of Independence. In 1977, fireworks were exhibited together with bells and bonfires.It was Thomas Jefferson who edited the phrase “the pursuit of property” to “the pursuit of happiness.”America owes China for their Independence Day supplies – Over 80% of imported U.S. flags and more than 90% of imported fireworks are from China. We hope everyone stays safe this holiday! From our family to yours, Happy 4th of July!