Happy 4th of July! Published on July 03, 2016 This 4th of July, Americans all over will be BBQing, relaxing at the river, or attending parades to honor the 240th Independence Day of the United States. While hotdogs and fireworks make for the ultimate 4th of July, we thought it would be fun to give a few pieces of trivia you may not know about the holiday. Much to some people’s dismay, July 2nd is the real Independence Day, but citizens celebrate it on July 4th because Congress accepted Jefferson’s declaration on that day.Three presidents have passed away on July 4th – John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.July 4th was declared a federal holiday in 1870 and Congress reaffirmed the holiday in the 1930s 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 July 4th year after year, possibly because that was exactly how Congress chose to celebrate the first anniversary of America’s freedom. That year, fireworks were exhibited in unison with bells and bonfires.You can thank Thomas Jefferson for including “the pursuit of happiness” – originally it was “the pursuit of property.”America owes China for their 4th of July supplies – Over 80% of imported U.S. flags and over 90% of imported fireworks arrive from China. We wish everyone a safe and happy July 4th!