It’s that time, “forward forevermore” to once again remember the day 240 years ago, when the Continental Congress declared their independence from British domination during the reign of King George III, marking the birth of the United States of America.
We celebrate our independence as a free nation, remembering the sacrifice of so many to gain, and maintain, our liberty.
John Adams, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, wrote that the 4th of July should “be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.”
The US Congress made July 4th a federal holiday in 1870, and in 1941, the day became a paid holiday for federal employees.
The most prolific, and arguably most loved symbol of this important day in our history is the American flag. Also called The Stars and Stripes and Old Glory, the flag stands as a testament to the American dream of a government of, by and for the people, of liberty and freedom for all.
For more information on the American flag, its history, how to display, retire and salute, go to United States Flag Etiquette.
In honor and observance of the federal holiday, Federal Heath’s offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th. Happy Independence Day.