The LSCU and Affiliates wish everyone a safe and happy fourth of July. The offices in Birmingham and Tallahassee will be closed on July 4 for the holiday. Both offices will re-open again on Thursday, July 5.
The actual holiday nearly fell on July 2. In 1776, the legal separation of the colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, however the Declaration of Independence was not approved until July 4. The first official state to recognize July 4 as a state celebration was Massachusetts in 1781. By 1870, Independence Day was declared a national unpaid holiday for federal workers. In 1938, the holiday was changed to a paid day off for federal workers.
Interesting to note that on the first July 4, there were 2.5 million people living in the newly independent colonies. Today, there are more than 313 million people in the United States.