Our offices are closed today, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day. We would like to thank those who serve (or have served) in all of the branches of our military. Everyone knows that the 4th of July today involves cookouts, barbecue, fireworks, and family, but did you know the following interesting facts about this holiday?
- The Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence on July 2, 1776, but the actual Declaration of Independence (the document explaining this decision) was not approved until two days later, July 4, 1776.
- Although Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, most historians believe that it was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776.
- John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the only signers of the Declaration of Independence to later serve as Presidents of the United States, and both died on the same day, July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.
- Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only President to have been born on Independence Day.