Schmaling Memorial Library will be closed Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.
Some interesting tidbits of knowledge concerning this national holiday include:
- July 4th, 1776 was not the day the Revolutionary War began, or when the Declaration of Independence was signed: it was the day the final draft was approved by the Continental Congress.
- Since this date was included on the copy of the Declaration of Independence that was signed in August of 1776 (now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) and also on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation, it is the date most people associated with the new nation’s independence.
- July 4th was not declared to be a national holiday until 1870.
- Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4th, 1826 — marking the 50th anniversary of its original significance.