Friday Is Independence Day Legal Holiday

CHADRON – Since the 4th of July falls on a Saturday this year, tomorrow is the legal holiday with nearly all government offices and financial institutions closed.

That means if you have government or banking needs, you have until the end of business today to get it done or wait until Monday.

In a very real sense, today can also be considered Independence Day because it was July 2nd, 1776, that John Hancock, president of the Second Constitutional Congress signed the Declaration of Independence.

John Adams, one of the crafters of the Declaration and the nation’s second president, predicted the date and the signing would be remembered by future generations with “fireworks, pageants, pomp, and parades.”

Adams was obviously both right and wrong because while we have the celebrations, they happen on the 4th of July, the day the Declaration was first read to the public outside the building where Congress was meeting – today known as Independence Hall.