By: BRAMS | Published On: 4/07/22 1:09 am
In 1870, the US Congress made 4 July a federal holiday. In 1941, the day became a paid holiday for all federal employees. Since the late 19th century, the Fourth of July has become a day of leisure activities and family get-togethers, often involving fireworks and outdoor barbecues.
The tradition of setting fireworks on Independence Day started on 4 July 1777 in Philadelphia, PA. The ship’s cannon fired a 13-gun salute in honour of the 13 colonies. The Pennsylvania Evening Post reported: “At night, there was a grand exhibition of fireworks (which began and concluded with thirteen rockets) on the Commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated.”Read More