United States

Celebrating our Independence


It’s the Fourth of July, and here in the U.S., we’re celebrating American Independence Day, a federal holiday commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the U.S. on July 4, 1776. But did you know that July 4th wasn’t designated as a holiday until 1870 – nearly 100 years after the nation was founded? It’s true. A couple of other fun facts related to the holiday:

  • Americans will consume 160 million hotdogs on the Fourth of July, according to the National Sausage and Hotdog Council (NHDSC).
  • Fireworks date back as a tradition of Independence Day as early as the first anniversary in 1777.

Regardless of how you plan to celebrate – with a backyard barbeque, fireworks or simply some much needed quiet time with family and friends – I invite you to join me and my colleagues across the U.S. as we recognize our nation’s birth this holiday weekend.

Adrian Romero
VALOR National Employee Network Group Leader
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