On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. Philadelphians marked the first anniversary of American independence with a spontaneous celebration, however observing Independence Day only became commonplace after the War of 1812. Congress passed a law making Independence Day a federal holiday on June 28, 1870.
Special Thanks, always, to all who serve in the Armed Forces!
Have a safe and healthy day of celebration! …and FUN! (goes without saying, really!)