Happy 4th of July! Published on July 03, 2016 On July 4, 2016, Americans all over will be cooking out, relaxing at the river, or dancing at concerts to commemorate the 240th Independence Day of the United States of America. While brats and fireworks make for the ideal 4th of July, we decided to share a few facts you may not have seen about the holiday. Many people don’t know that July 2nd is the true Independence Day, but citizens celebrate the day 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 day was announced as a federal holiday in 1870 and Congress reaffirmed the holiday in the 1930s to make sure workers received full pay on that day.The first newspaper to print the Declaration of Independence was the Pennsylvania Evening Post.The U.S.A. has come to expect fireworks on Independence Day each year, most likely because that was exactly how Congress chose to celebrate the first anniversary of accepting of the Declaration of Independence. That year, fireworks were presented together with bells and bonfires.The phrase “the pursuit of happiness” was originally “the pursuit of property” but Thomas Jefferson changed it to what we know today.The U.S. owes China for their 4th of July supplies – More than 80% of imported U.S.A. flags and over 95% of imported fireworks come from China. We wish everyone a safe and happy July 4th!