Happy 4th of July!
The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone would like to take a moment to wish everyone a very happy 4th of July. Over 200 years ago, a group of men sat down and decided that America should be independent from any foreign power. We’ve been through a lot as a country but here we are, still standing.
Here are a few facts about Independence Day that you may not know:
- The United States actually declared independence on July 2, 1776.
- There were a total of 86 changes made to Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence before the Continental Congress officially adopted it July 4, 1776.
On July 4, 1777, Philadelphia marked Independence Day by adjourning Congress and celebrating with bonfires, bells and fireworks. This quickly became a custom around the US where towns marked the holiday with parades, picnics, games, military displays and of course everyone’s favorite, fireworks.
- When George Washington asked New Jersey militiamen to pledge their allegiance to the United States, they agreed after first pledging their allegiance to the “nation of New Jersey.”
- Congress established Independence Day as a holiday in 1870. It was reaffirmed as a paid holiday for federal employees by Congress in 1938.
Have a wonderful and safe holiday! And most of all, watch out for those firecrackers!