What do you call tomorrow’s national holiday? The 4th of July? Independence Day (no, not the Will Smith movie)? We all have different names for our nation’s birthday, the day our forefathers put pen to paper and signed the Declaration of Independence, officially declaring our independence from Great Britain. The 4th of July also means different things to different people. Gearing up for tomorrow’s 4th of July festivities, we reached out to several Enoch employees and asked them one simple question; “What does the 4th of July mean to you?” As you can probably imagine, we received a wide range of answers, from the patriotic – “Very simple, FREEDOM!” – to the historical – “It’s remembering a part of history of which Marylanders sacrificed everything: the fight for freedom of all Americans.” – to the recreational – “It means a three day weekend where I can hang at my sister’s pool with family & friends.”
Perhaps one of the best responses we received: “To me, July 4th is about honoring our great nation. It’s a time to celebrate and reflect, not only on where we’ve been, but also where we are and where we’re headed.”
What does 4th of July mean to you?
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4th of July Fun Facts
- The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson and signed by 56 men, representing 13 colonies, on July 4, 1776.
- In July 1776, the estimated United States’ population was 2.5 million. Today, the nation’s estimated population is roughly 316 million.
- The oldest, continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States is the 4th of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island; it began in 1785.
- According to TIME magazine, Americans consume about 155 million hotdogs on Independence Day alone.
- Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826. James Monroe died on July 4, 1831. Only one president – Calvin Coolidge – was born on Independence Day (1872).
- The bulk of U.S. fireworks are imported. How many? About 180.1 million pounds or $213.8 million worth.
- In 1870 Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday; in 1938, it was changed to a paid federal holiday.
- The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) estimates that more than 14,000 professional firework displays light up the skies in the United States each 4th of July.
About Enoch Office
We are a third generation, locally owned family company that has served Baltimore businesses since 1961. As our industry has evolved, Enoch has been there every step of the way from the typewriter of the 1960′s and 70′s to the fax of the 1980′s to the digital color output devices and document management systems of today! No matter what the product or service, we will continue to offer the highest level of customer service, support and expertise in our industry.