The team at Sharkey, Howes & Javer would like to wish you and your family a very happy Fourth of July. We hope that you enjoy the mid-week break, take the opportunity to celebrate our independence with a great day of parades, barbecues, fireworks, and fun, and take a moment to remember the hard work and sacrifices that were made to protect all of the freedoms that we’re so lucky to have.
In observance of the holiday, our office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th and we will reopen with our normal business hours on Thursday, July 5th.
Here are some fun facts about the Fourth of July that you can share around the barbecue this week:
- Philadelphia held the first annual celebration of our independence on July 4th, 1777. Source
- Fireworks have been a part of Independence Day celebrations since the very beginning. Source
- John Adams first predicted that Independence Day would be celebrated on July 2nd, the day Congress approved the resolution of independence. Source
- Only John Hancock and Charles Thomson signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, the majority did not sign until August 2nd. Source
- If you’re out of the country for the 4th, you can still catch a fireworks show in England, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, or Sweden. Source
- The Philippines and Rwanda also celebrate their independence on July 4th. Source
- New York hosts the biggest fireworks display, with over 75,000 shells planned for this year’s show. Source