The markets in the United States are closed today, in observance of July 4th.
July 4th has a special personal meaning for me, for that's the day in 1970 that I met the young lady who would (two years later) become my wife; we have been married for over 40 years and today celebrate the 43rd anniversary of meeting each other.
For our nation, it's recognizing the day that we declared our independence from Great Britain. Those individuals who signed the Declaration were, as some put it, signing their death sentence, for if we had lost the war, they surely would have lost their lives for treason. The bold steps they took have resulted in a great nation.
Happy July 4th!