Today is Independence Day

Most stores open, government offices closed
Originally entitled Yankee Doodle, this is one of several versions of a scene painted by A. M. Willard that came to be known as The Spirit of '76. Often imitated or parodied, it is a familiar symbol of American patriotism.

Today we celebrate our independence!  

Federal, state and town offices will be closed on July 4th. Post offices are also closed.  Stores are generally open.

Independence Day marks the public release of our Declaration of Independence from the United Kingdom.  

You can read the full text of the Declaration here.

See President Reagan's Independence Day address from 1986. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on