This Independence Day, take a step back and cherish your life and the country you live in while appreciating the sacrifices people made to give us independence today. Factoid: Who started the 4th of July as a holiday? The 4th of July was celebrated as our Independence Day in 1777. John Adams predicted in a letter to his wife Abigail that Americans would celebrate their Independence Day on July 2. Off by two days — not too bad for government work! We hope everyone has a safe and rewarding 4th of July!