October 17, 2017

Happy Fourth of July from CBA-CLE!

Happy Fourth of July from CBA-CLE! The CBA-CLE offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in honor of Independence Day.

Most people learned in elementary school that the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, but did you know there’s more to the story? The Declaration of Independence was first drafted by Thomas Jefferson in June 1776, and, after some revisions, the Continental Congress approved the draft on July 2, 1776. Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776—John Hancock and Charles Thompson. Most of the rest of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence signed on August 2, 1776. The Declaration of Independence was not actually submitted to Britain until November 1776.

Independence Day was not celebrated until many years after the Declaration of Independence was signed. Political strife after the War of 1812 helped promote the country’s celebrations related to the Declaration of Independence, printed copies of which all bore the date July 4, 1776. When Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826, the day became even more widely celebrated. Finally, in 1870, Congress passed a bill to recognize several national holidays, including Independence Day and Christmas. In 1941, Congress voted to grant a paid holiday to government workers on July 4. Today, most people celebrate the Fourth of July by decorating with American flags, cooking out, and watching fireworks.

Regardless of how you celebrate, we hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July.

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