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As the summer days roll on, July Fourth is a special day in which we honor our nation’s independence on July 4, 1776 with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, declaring the original 13 colonies as part of a new nation - the United States of America.

Although we celebrate independence on July 4th, when the Declaration of Independence was officially approved, the Second Continental Congress voted to pass the resolution to separate from Great Britain on July 2nd, 1776. John Adams, the second President of the United States (who coincidentally died on July 4th, 50 years later) wrote in a letter to his wife Abigail:

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward and forever more.”

While John Adams may have been two days off, his prediction of celebration was most certainly correct. The Fourth of July is indeed celebrated by parades, fireworks, and sporting events, all across the nation.

Whether you observe the holiday by watching fireworks, having a barbeque, attending a baseball game or parade, we all proudly recognize this special day in our nation’s history.

From the entire Orion team, we wish you and your family a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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