Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
- In 1777, Philadelphia celebrated the first anniversary in a manner a modern American would find quite familiar: an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and fireworks. Ships were decked with red, white, and blue bunting.
- In 1870, the U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees.
- In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.*
*Excerpts from Wikipedia
Today we celebrate our freedom, we rejoice in the fact that we live in a land that provides a wealth of opportunity to all people. As you are enjoying whatever activity you have planned for the day think about how fortunate you are to live in this land of the free and home of the brave.
We at A Woman’s Place envision a society in which all individuals are safe in their intimate and familial relationships and have the space to thrive and develop to their full potential We provide a full range of assistance and support services for victims of domestic abuse and violence and their children, including a free 24-hour confidential hot-line, a full-service residential shelter, individual and group counseling, legal and medical advocacy, and a children’s program. And it is our fervent hope that one day, one day soon, these services are no longer needed, that we will truly live in a country where all people are free AND safe.
Happy Independence Day