When do we celebrate the Fourth of July in 2020?
In the US, there is one federal holiday in the month of July. Independence Day is usually celebrated on the fourth day of July, but this year is unique because July 4th falls on a Saturday. When a federal holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the preceding Friday for pay and time off purposes. This means that the 4th of July will be observed on Friday, July 3rd this year. Most banks, state and federal offices will be closed on July 3rd. In addition, many private sector businesses also take the day off.
Independence Day in the US commemorates the ratification of the Declaration of Independence in the year 1776. We celebrate on the 4th of July, but did you know that the founding fathers didn’t sign the Declaration of Independence until August 2, 1776?
The signing of the Declaration of Independence was a courageous act of high treason that would have brought certain death if the signers had been apprehended and prosecuted by the British government. It took nearly 100 years for the 4th of July to become a federal holiday in the year 1870.
Note: Our Canadian friends celebrate their independence on Canada Day, which is July 1st.
Our office will be closed on July 3rd to allow our employees to enjoy the holiday with family and friends. We will resume regular business hours on Monday, July 6th. For information on other upcoming federal and business holidays, see our Federal and Business holiday calendars.