What is Independence Day 2018?
Independence Day is a federal holiday which belongs to United States of America. The purpose of the day is memorializing and commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence which was accepted on 4th of the July in 1776. It is celebrated on 4th of the July annually.
During the American Revolution thirteen different American Colonies severed all ties with Great Britain and declared their independence in 1776. This declaration of independence is still exhibited on state archives in Washington D.C. The declaration of independence is an achievement and an important symbol for American Colonies’ struggle for decolonizing themselves. Their fight for independence became a model for many different nations and gave them power to fight for their own independence.
In 1780, French government supported Americans’ independence struggle with sending guns and ammunition to them. In two years, the south harbors of America were nearly emptied from British armies. In 3rd of September, 1783, The Treaty of Paris had signed and the independence of United States of America had officially accepted.
To memorialize this achievement and commemorate all the struggles, the Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to announce 4th of July as an official celebration day in 1781. Two years after that, first public July 4 event organized. In 1870, the United States Congress announced Independence Day as an unpaid holiday for all federal employees. In 1938, Congress made a change about the legislation and switched the holiday into a paid federal holiday. But the celebrations and the purpose of the day remained unchanged. It still has the same symbol and the meaning about the importance of independence.
When is Independence Day?
Independence Day in 2018 has already passed; it was on Wednesday, July 4. The next Independence Day is on Thursday, July 4, 2019.
Dates for Independence Day from 2019 to 2025
- Independence Day 2019 - July 4, 2019 - Thursday
- Independence Day 2020 - July 4, 2020 - Saturday
- Independence Day 2021 - July 4, 2021 - Sunday
- Independence Day 2022 - July 4, 2022 - Monday
- Independence Day 2023 - July 4, 2023 - Tuesday
- Independence Day 2024 - July 4, 2024 - Thursday
- Independence Day 2025 - July 4, 2025 - Friday
Which businesses that will and won't be closed on July. 4?
Independence Day is a federal holiday, so offices are closed on Tuesday. The day prior is not federally recognized, however. Check your local listings for confirmation.
Most banks will be closed Tuesday, with regular hours Saturday, including Bank of America, TD Bank and Wells Fargo. None of those major banks include Monday with their Independence Day observances.
UPS, FedEx and the United States Postal Service do not pick up or deliver on Independence Day. FedEx will have modified hours and service on Monday, July 3.
The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq are both closed on Independence Day.
Many stores will remain open on Independence Day and the prior Monday, some with modified hours. It's advisable to check before visiting.