Independence Day has been a federal holiday in the US since 1941. In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies fighting the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution declaring their 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. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence.
The Fourth of July has become a focus of leisure activities, BBQs and family get-togethers. Just remember as you celebrate why we have the day off. I am proud to be an American and appreciate what so many men and women do for our country to hold on to our independence.