Happy 4th of July! Published on July 03, 2016 On Monday, July 4th, Americans everywhere will be BBQing, partying on boats, or attending parades to celebrate the 240th Independence Day of the United States of America. While hotdogs and fireworks make for the ideal 4th of July, we wanted to share a few facts you may not know about the U.S. Independence Day. Unknown to most, July 2nd is the actual Independence Day, but citizens celebrate the day on July 4th because that is when Congress accepted Jefferson’s declaration.Three presidents have passed away on July 4th – John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.July 4th was announced as a federal holiday in 1870 and Congress reaffirmed the holiday in the 1930s to guarantee workers were paid for a full 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 year after year, possibly because that was the way Congress chose to celebrate the first anniversary of the holiday. That year, fireworks were demonstrated 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.America owes China for their Independence Day supplies – More than 85% of imported U.S.A. flags and more than 90% of imported fireworks come from China. Hammond Plumbing & Heating wishes everyone a safe and joyous July 4th!