- In 1777, British officers noted the firing of 13 guns, once at morning and again as evening fell, on July 4 in Bristol, Rhode Island.
- In 1778, General George Washington marked the Fourth with a double ration of rum for his soldiers and an artillery salute.
- In 1779, the Fourth fell on a Sunday. The holiday was celebrated on Monday, July 5.
- In 1781, Massachusetts was the first legislature to recognize Independence Day.
- In 1791, First recorded under "Independence Day" name.
- In 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4 an unpaid holiday for federal employees.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Happy Fourth of July!
How has July 4th been observed over the years?