The name is Independence Day. The resolution of independence was approved by the Continental Congress on July 2nd. John Adams thought that would become the most celebrated day. It didn’t necessarily have to be the 4th.
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I suggest we all would benefit if we embraced the Independence Day holiday by always celebrating it on the first Friday of July. It's a guaranteed three-day weekend for many. And people can party as late as they want without having to lose sleep to get to work on time in years the 4th falls on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Enduring the two-hour drive home from the fireworks show just got a lot less stressful. And if you don't like fireworks or late-night partying, at least you would not be lying awake in bed all night aggravated about knowing you'll be sleep-deprived in the morning at work. Think President's Day...
Why not celebrate American independence for three days instead of just one. Aside from the tradition of celebrating on the very date itself, I can think of only upside by starting the celebration on a Friday for all of us individually as well as for businesses including the tourism and hospitality industries.