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July 02, 2020 | Tom Ballard

Here’s an early wish for a happy and safe Fourth of July

We wish all of our readers a happy and safe Fourth of July.

As noted on the website of,  “The Fourth of July – also known as Independence Day or July 4th – has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.”

Our independence, such as the ability to pursue a dream and launch your own business, is just one of those cherished freedoms we should celebrate!