Happy 4th of July! Published on July 03, 2016 On July 4, 2016, Americans everywhere will be cooking out, relaxing at the river, or attending parades to mark the 240th Independence Day of the United States. While brats and fireworks make for the ideal 4th of July, we decided to give a few tidbits you may not have seen about the special day. Unknown to most, July 2nd is the original Independence Day, but the U.S.A. celebrates the day on July 4th since that is the day Congress accepted Jefferson’s declaration.Three presidents have passed away on July 4th – John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.The 4th of July was declared a federal holiday in 1870 and Congress reconfirmed the holiday more than 60 years later to make sure workers received full pay on that day.The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration of Independence.The U.S.A. has come to expect fireworks on the 4th of July year after year, most likely because that was exactly how Congress celebrated the first anniversary of America’s freedom. On that first anniversary, fireworks were displayed together with bells and bonfires.You can thank Thomas Jefferson for including “the pursuit of happiness” – originally it was “the pursuit of property.”The United States should recognize China for their 4th of July supplies – Over 85% of imported America flags and over 90% of imported fireworks come from China. We wish everyone a safe and happy July 4th!