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The Fourth of July: A celebration of independence


The Fourth of July or Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, political speeches, patriotic songs, flying of the American flag, and time spent with family and friends. It’s also a great time to celebrate the history, government and traditions of the U.S. Check out these “nuggets of knowledge” about July Fourth – and impress your friends and family with your patriotic insights this holiday: 

  • The legal separation of the 13 colonies from Great Britain in 1776 actually occurred on July 2, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence. Congress then turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it two days later on July 4 – and an American holiday was born.
  • Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day – July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.
  • James Monroe, another Founding Father who was elected President, also died on July 4, 1831.
  • Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States, was born on July 4, 1872.

In recognition of Independence Day, our partners and principals have declared July 4 and 5 official company holidays for our firm’s people. We hope you, too, will be able to spend a little extra time off in celebration of this holiday, and that you’re able to have some extra fun with family and friends.

On behalf of our more than 10,000 RSM people nationwide and our Stars & Stripes employee network group, I’d like to wish you and yours a very HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

Ed Stober
Director, Wealth Management and National Stars & Stripes Employee Network Group Leader



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