In the early days of our nation, July Fourth wasn’t an official holiday at all. In fact, it wasn’t until 1938 that it became a paid day-off. So how did the Fourth become the holiest day on our secular calendar? Listen to this special presentation of "Backstory with the American History Guys". Find out how radically the meaning of the Declaration has changed since 1776, and learn the story of how Independence Day came to be what it is today.
Listen Saturday July 4 at 4pm on VPR.